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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.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Lone Juror Voices Doubt In Master's Case

She was the alternate juror, the one who couldn't vote...

She was the dark-haired woman in the back of the jury box with the clearest view of the murder defendant. And she jotted notes as every witness took the stand.

Irma Gaudreau, a Loveland English teacher, was juror No. 13 in State of Colorado vs. Timothy Lee Masters.

And she says she never believed Masters was guilty of killing Peggy Hettrick in 1987.

"The prosecutors just didn't string any strong facts together," says Gaudreau, who as an alternate juror in the 1999 case was prevented from voting on the verdict. "It was all about his drawings. I had a son his age who doodled, and I couldn't believe this was the only evidence they presented. I left the proceedings expecting the other jurors to acquit him."

The Denver Post