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, April 12, 2009

In Prison, Just Another Joe (Nacchio)

Should Joe Nacchio report to a federal prison in Pennsylvania as expected Tuesday, the former Qwest chief executive will be strip-searched and issued a green button-up shirt and matching pants.

He'll get a pair of shoes, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a razor, a bar of soap and laundry detergent.

Within two to three hours, the 59-year-old Brooklyn native will have a "bunkie," an inmate with whom he'll share a cubicle on a floor of cubicles.

Two to three days later he'll have been assigned a prison job that pays between 12 and 40 cents an hour, likely cleaning a bathroom or serving food.

"It's going to sink on him that he's not important anymore," said Jimmy Tayoun, a former Philadelphia politician convicted of bribery who spent more than three years at Schuylkill. "No one cares who he is."

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