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 31, 2008

Transformation Through Faith

Faith programs in jails and prisons are one of the most important tools that we have available to use to transform people's lives. For people who have hit bottom again and again it's the simplicity of knowing that someone believes in you and is willing to provide support, guidance and give you something to believe in is a very powerful thing for people who have never had those things in their lives before.

“The Price is Right” blaring from a television set in the lobby seems oddly out of place with the security searches, metal detector, locked doors and uniformed deputies seen everywhere at the Adams County Detention Center.

Three inmates call the detention center home, at least for now. Cory Wagner knows few other places to call home. He has spent half of his 28 years here. Another inmate, Todd Sharon, thought he was away from the drugs when he was arrested for previous drug warrants and drew a 90-day sentence. Stephanie McCoy has been an off-again, on-again drug user for the past 20 years.

All three are part of a prison program called The Transformation Project, a prison ministry that started in 2005.

All three say it’s helping.........