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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.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Connect the Dots Arnold

His prison population is exploding, he's been ordered to reduce that population and his most recent attempt to force prisoners out-of-state has been blocked He agrees that more programs need to be in place to reduce recidivism and that people should be in smaller community-based centers closer to their homes in order to help them on re-entry. Corrections Sentencing points out that he's also moving the drug czar to take over the drug treatment failure within the prison system.

The governor issued a news release calling Jett, 53, "the right person at the right time to take on this critical responsibility. There is no one more experienced in addiction and recovery services and no one more committed to making substance abuse treatment the cornerstone of our rehabilitation efforts in Corrections."

And he wants to wereck the funding for Prop 36. On one hand, he said, Jett has overseen implementation of the Proposition 36 treatment-not-jail law for nonviolent drug offenders; that law has saved taxpayers more than $800 million and is on target to graduate more than 70,000 participants over five years.

I just wonder if the Gov. hasn't connected the dots somehow.

Read the article here.

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