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.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Second Chance Act

The Second Chance Act will be signed by the President tomorrow. Congratulations goes out to everyone who worked so hard to get this vitally important legislation passed.

Alternet: It's easy to go to prison, especially if you're poor, young, careless, and/or just plain unlucky.

That's one of the messages I took away from the final panel discussion at this weekend's ACLU criminal justice conference here in Jackson, Mississippi. The panel, focusing on recidivism, was made up largely of ex-convicts who had successfully turned their lives around, secured long-term employment, and now run successful programs to help new ex-convicts reenter the workforce.

No comments: