Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?

Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Closing Prisons in New York....A New Battle

We have always fought the battle of building prisons in Colorado, be it state-run or private. We know that alternatives are available. On the flip side of the coin, Governor Spitzer in NY is trying to close prisons in his state due to a decrease in population and is running into some opposition.

Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York took on one of the state’s most powerful special-interest groups when he proposed a commission to determine which of the state’s expensive and underused prisons should be closed. He is in for a tough battle, but it is well worth fighting. According to the "Real Cost of Prisons" Gov Spitzer is also proposing a serious budget for the mentally ill to get them into a setting that would be more responsive to their needs.

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