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.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Hickenlooper Brings His Wish List To DC

I hope that his list includes helping with prisoners who are returning homeless...

ANNE C. MULKERN reporting from WASHINGTON, D.C. - Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper came to town for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and he brought his wish list for Colorado's congressional delegation.

Hickenlooper met last night with Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar and lunched today in the congressional dining room with Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat. ("We just had a salad,'' Hickenlooper said.)

He talked with Democratic Reps. Ed Perlmutter of Golden and John Salazar of Manassa, and will meet soon with Republican Sen. Wayne Allard.

His priority list included water issues, help with the homeless, programs for returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and help with airport upgrades.

"There's a long list,'' Hickenlooper said.

The city is asking for $13 million to fix runways at the airport, and $500,000 to build shelters for the returning veterans at risk for becoming homeless.

The Denver Post