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 28, 2009

Maryland Offers Recidivism Lesson

The Denver Post

The former director of Maryland's parole and probation division outlined Monday that state's success in lowering the number of offenders who go back to prison or have their parole revoked.

Judith Sachwald said one of the first things Maryland did was recognize its system was not working.

"Prisons are costly," she said. "I would prefer the money go into education."

She was among experts on reducing recidivism and curbing corrections costs who addressed the House and Senate judiciary committees in a joint session.

Sachwald stressed the importance of having programs to help parolees and probationers be productive.

Colorado's growing Department of Corrections' budget is almost $760 million.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It appears all states except Colorado are looking to progressive reform policies instead of archaic dungeons for profit.

Good for Maryland! Respects!

Colorado is looking worse as each day goes by.