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.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Tim Masters Gets His Life Back

The one thing that comes to mind is what would the recidivism rate be if communities embraced people who are being released from prison like Tim has been embraced. I know the scenario is different considering the circumstances of Tim's imprisonment. It still makes you wonder.

Tim Masters strolled into the Greeley Driver Licensing Test Center Friday morning, inviting smiles from the crowd and becoming perhaps the first citizen in Colorado history to avoid taking a number.

Employees and customers cleared a path for him to a service window. Within minutes, he breezed through a written exam but was frustrated that he missed three questions.

"One was, 'What do you do when an animal crosses in front of your vehicle?' " he said. "I answered, 'Stop.' The correct answer was to use caution. But shouldn't you stop for an animal?"

On this day, Masters passed two big tests on his way to recapturing his life. He overcame the murder charges dangling over him for a decade when the Larimer County DA moved to dismiss them. And he earned the right to slip behind the wheel again, true freedom for the former aircraft mechanic and self-described gearhead...... The Denver Post