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, May 06, 2008

Tess Damm Sentenced To 23 Years

BOULDER — The teenage daughter of a Lafayette woman who was stabbed to death in February 2007 was sentenced Monday to 23 years in prison for her role in the murder.

Tess Damm will remain in a juvenile facility until she is 21, when she will be moved to an adult prison for an 18-year adult term.

Boulder District Judge James Klein listened carefully to a long line of people who spoke, often tearfully, for and against Tess Damm.

Prosecutors painted the teen as a skilled manipulator who used her volatile boyfriend to do her dirty work, while defense attorneys told the judge she was an abused and neglected child who detached herself from her emotions to cope with her tumultuous home life.

Times Call

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