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

The Tipping Point (Left meets Right)

I am thrilled to have the Independence Institute on the drug sentencing reform bandwagon. Here's an article from the Denver Post that shows how we have reached a long awaited bipartisan tipping point on this issue.

After a decade of conservative dominance in Colorado, that's a lot of defeat. So why did the institute's chief, Jon Caldara, look so happy at the Capitol last week?

At first, I figured Caldara, whose bald head and spiked beard give him a passing resemblance to Vladimir Lenin, was just trying to pass for a leftie among all the new Democratic legislators and staffers.

Then I remembered the most powerful lawmaker under the gold dome, the speaker of the House, just hates Lenin. (The speaker is, after all, a Romanoff.)

It turned out that Caldara was meeting with members of Families Against Mandatory Minimums to advance the one aspect of his crusade for smaller government - reforming our drug laws - likely to appeal to liberal legislators.

Denver Post article

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