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.

Monday, December 12, 2011

New Police Chief Sworn In

The Denver Post

Robert White, who left his job as chief of the Louisville, Ky., police department was sworn in late Monday morning to head Denver's 1,400 member police force.
White will work to change the culture among officers who, some say, refuse to report when colleagues brutalize civilians, he said this morning.
He is taking over a department that has been troubled by a string of high-profile excessive force cases and the firings that followed.
Former Safety Manager Al LaCabe said recently that while it is rare for a cop to hurt someone in custody without reason, it is an accepted part of doing business for a small number of officers. And even good cops are reluctant to turn in a cop who does engage in excessive force.
"I honestly believe the great majority of the men and women in the police department want to do the right thing," White said during an interview at police headquarters prior to the swearing in.
He said those who engage in unnecessary violence will be held accountable.

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