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, October 04, 2009

Netherlands To Close Prisons: Lack of Criminals


During the 1990s the Netherlands faced a shortage of prison cells, but a decline in crime has since led to overcapacity in the prison system. The country now has capacity for 14,000 prisoners but only 12,000 detainees.
Deputy justice minister Nebahat Albayrak announced on Tuesday that eight prisons will be closed, resulting in the loss of 1,200 jobs. Natural redundancy and other measures should prevent any forced lay-offs, the minister said.


Anonymous said...

We need to send our legislatures to the netherlands so they could be enlightened, come home, then pass appropriate legislation to clean up Colorado's problems in there criminal justice system. djw

Anonymous said...

Yes. I fully agree. It's a sad fact that the U.S. does not want this type of reform. Crime and injustice is money in America.

Perhaps we should instead send them to the Nether Regions.