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.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Colorado Ranks Last in Re-entry Report

The Legal Action Center (LAC) released this report in 2004. It was a two year study of the legal obstacles that people with criminal records face when they attempt to re-enter society. Their research found that people with criminal records face a daunting array of counterproductive, debilitating and unreasonable roadblocks in almost every important aspect of life. They have a report card that grades each state on whether it’s laws and policies help or hurt those seeking re-entry. How did Colorado rate?

Dead Last.

They also offer a series of recommendations on how policymakers can help people to reintegrate into society without compromising public safety. Maybe we should look at those states with better grades than we have and start to mimic what they are doing to be successful.

Read the Report here

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