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.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Shareef Aleem Cleared by Jury

Long time CCJRC member Shareef Aleem was cleared by a jury for an incident that happened last year.

Aleem, 38, was arrested on Feb. 3, 2005, after he got into a shoving match with University of Colorado police officer Greg Barthlome, who tried to quiet him during a noisy CU Board of Regents meeting. The regents were discussing the future of outspoken CU professor Ward Churchill, of whom Aleem is a supporter.

He was charged with second-degree assault on a peace officer for allegedly ripping off Bartholme's badge and grabbing his neck.

Aleem's first trial in March of last year ended in a hung jury.

"I'm glad this whole ordeal is over," Aleem said. "This past two years has taken a tremendous toll on my family. We sacrificed a lot to defend our freedom of speech."

Asked what he thought made the difference between his first and second trials, he said, "My first trial had an all-white jury. Only one white person opened her heart up and held out for me.

Denver Post

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