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

Turning Up The Heat On Sentencing Injustice

This spring, DPA launched a federal campaign to end the cruel and costly crack/cocaine sentencing disparity. The disparity creates enormous racial inequities in the federal justice system and leads federal law enforcement agencies to waste taxpayer money on locking up low-level, nonviolent offenders.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on the issue a month ago, and the Senate is now considering three bills that would either reduce or eliminate the disparity. This week, with help from supporters around the country, DPA turned up the heat.

Generous donations from reformers made it possible for DPA to call supporters in 10 states this week, and ask them to call key senators in support of ending the disparity. The result was that senators' phones were ringing off the hook, and the number of calls let their staff know that this issue is important to constituents.
Drug Policy Alliance

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