Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

The mission of CCJRC is eliminate the overuse of the criminal justice system and advance community health and safety. Our goals are to (1) advocate for alternatives to prison expansion; (2) research and design specific reforms of policies driving growth in the prison populations, with an emphasis on drug policy, parole and reentry; (3) build and facilitate a statewide coalition; and (4) serve as a resource for prisoners, parolees and their families.

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Civic Engagement

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
General population
Offenders, Ex-Offenders

Description

working to make sure that people with criminal backgrounds understand that they may have the right to vote.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Re-entry Program

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
General Public/Unspecified
Homeless
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Offenders, Ex-Offenders

Description

Advocates for more effective prisoner re-entry and parole laws in order to decrease the rate of recidivism in Colorado; publishes Getting On After Getting Out: A Re-entry Guide for Colorado

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Evidence of Program's Success

prison population has declined for the fifth year in a row; reduced recidivism; over 35 criminal justice reform bills passed in the last three years; and the closure of six prisons, including KCCC on July 31, 2016

Drug Policy Reform Program

Class

Crime & Legal 

Beneficiaries

General Public
Offenders/Ex-offenders
Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers)

Description

works to dramatically increase funding for substance abuse treatment and promotes alternatives to incarceration for people convicted of drug use or possession

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Evidence of Program's Success

decreased recidivism among drug offenders receiving community-based treatment v. incarceration; and increased employment among ex-drug offenders due to earlier conviction record sealing; over 22.5 million dollars reallocated from Department of Corrections budget to mental health and substance abuse treatment for people in the criminal justice system in the last four years; and substantial rewrite of Colorado Controlled Substances Act approved by the Colorado Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice was passed in 2013

Public Outreach Program

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
Families
General Public/Unspecified
Offenders/Ex-offenders

Description

provides public education, research, coalition building, and serves as a resource for prisoners, parolees, and their families

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Evidence of Program's Success

criminal justice policy reform laws enacted due to educated citizenry and legislators; increased employment of ex-offenders; ever-increasing number of CCJRC coalition members; reduced recidivism with empowered ex-offenders leading productive lives

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