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.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Getting Motivated

Here's Alan's second part in the series on Casey's trek through parole, the first part of the series was called Coming Home . This piece is called Getting Motivated. We thank Alan at Westword once again for his excellent work.

Holden has been locked up most of the past decade, from juvie to the Youthful Offender System to adult prison; a charge of assaulting a corrections officer kept him in solitary confinement from 2003 until his mandatory release date this year. Now he’s joined the growing ranks of parolees — and he’s determined to defy the odds, which dictate that most of those parolees will fail. Hoping to give readers some idea of what he’s up against, he’s agreed to let Westword blog along with him.

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