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.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

NY Drug Law Refoms Kick In: Treatment Stressed


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of low-level drug offenders in New York prisons became eligible Wednesday for shortened sentences or release under recent changes in state law.
Gov. David Paterson and lawmakers agreed in April to revise the Rockefeller-era drug laws, once among the harshest in the nation and in the vanguard of a movement more than 30 years ago toward mandatory prison terms. They argued that lower-level offenders would be better served by addiction treatment rather than prison.
"Under the Rockefeller Drug Laws, we did not treat the people who were addicted. We locked them up," Paterson said Wednesday at the Brooklyn Court House. "Families were broken, money was wasted, and we continued to wrestle with a statewide drug problem."


Anonymous said...

The politicians and experts just dont get it, to stop the flow of illegal drugs in this country is to legalize them. Discontinue the so called drug war, saving millions of dollars annually as well as lowering the prison population by the thousands. Instead of mandatory prison terms for addiction, make it mandatory treatment centers, which can be paid for by the savings of all the closed prisons.djw

Unknown said...

If we had half the bed space for rehabilitation of addiction as we do for incarceration, both our prison problems and our drug problems would benefit significantly, as well as our budgetary problems.