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.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Lafayette Increasing Marijuana Penalties?

Boulder County Action Alert -- Lafayette considering ordinance to
drastically increase penalties for adult possession of marijuana

Last week, the Lafayette City Council gave initial approval (5-1) for
Ordinance 6 which would increase the municipal penalties for an adult
to possess small amounts of marijuana. Only Mayor Pro Tem Strungis
opposed this ordinance. Currently, both state law and Lafayette
municipal code penalize adult possession of under 1 ounce of
marijuana with a $100 fine. Under Ordinance 6, these penalities
would increase to a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 1 year in jail.

Ordinance 6 was considered without public input so NOW is the time to
have your voice heard!

The Lafayette City Council is likely to have a final vote on
Ordinance 6 at the next City Council meeting on February 20th. Even
though this is a Lafayette ordinance, it affects all Boulder County
residents because someone sentenced to jail under this ordinance
would be sent to the Boulder County Jail which is funded by Boulder
County taxes.

In the November election, 56% of Boulder county voters supported
Amendment 44 which would have decriminalized adult possession of
marijuana in small quantities.

Please join CCJRC and SAFER in opposing this ordinance. Below is a
link to an action alert issued by SAFER that includes the phone
numbers and email addresses for the Lafayette City Council members.

SAFER's "action alert" is available at

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