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

The Rocky Is Against the Record Sealing Bill

Please write a letter to the editor to oppose this editorial if you feel strongly about this bill.

We wouldn't like House Bill 1107, which tries to seal off more criminal records from public view, even if it cost the taxpayer nothing. But because the annual cost to the court system is estimated at about $7 million, we like it even less.

The measure makes it easier for those involved in crimes to ask a judge to close their records. If the offense they were arrested for was not formally charged, or if it was dismissed due to a plea bargain in another case, they would have to wait only 10 years instead of the current 15 before they could file a petition with the district court to seal the record.

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