Did You Know? 2017-03-16T10:59:12+00:00

Did You Know?

CCJRC’s work is grounded in research and people’s real experiences. CCJRC is available to be a resource for community organizations, policymakers, students and anyone else who wants to be deeply informed about statistics, budgets, criminal justice policy and the intersection between the overuse of the criminal justice system and other impacts on education, healthcare, families, racial disparity, collateral consequences of a criminal conviction and many other topics.

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Incarceration Crisis in Colorado

Over the past 35 years, the state prison budget has exploded by almost 1288% and we’ve seen an unprecedented growth in the prison population.

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People Impacted

When you combine the closing of mental health facilities with a war on drugs, you get an enormous ripple effect across our communities.

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Public Safety That Works

We’re often ignoring alternative strategies that do work to prevent crime. For example, research shows that higher levels of household income are associated with lower rates of intimate partner violence against women.

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Compromising Our Children

Compromising Our Children’s Futures

The unprecedented growth in prison spending is one of the reasons that Colorado ranks at the bottom of states for public investment in education.

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Reports and Research

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The Piton Foundation’s 2007 prisoner reentry study had two parts: an analysis of data from the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) and surveys and focus groups conducted with people in prison or on parole, and with service providers. A community advisory committee worked closely with Piton on the project. The group included representatives of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, Denver and Regis universities, community residents from lower-income Denver neighborhoods, and representatives of community-based organizations involved in providing reentry services to people released from prison.

Barriers to ReEntry [PDF]

Research Findings on Selected Key Issues – 2009. 

This project was funded by the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition which sought independent research on selected issues related to drug policy. Information was obtained by reviewing research, Evaluation and other reports with a focus on providing policy makers with objective, accurate, and up-to-date information that can be used to develop safe and more cost-effective approaches for dealing with drug law violators and other substance abusing offenders.

Correctional and Sentencing Reform for Drug Offenders [PDF]

Mark David Evans, Senior Deputy State Public Defender
2014 Edition

This publication attempts to document the true impact of a criminal conviction in Colorado. It contains consequences that arise under Colorado law, yet are not included in the sentence imposed by a judge at the conclusion of a criminal case. The goal of this work is to provide all participants in the criminal justice system a more accurate understanding of how a conviction will impact the life of an accused person and, less directly, the community in which that person will ultimately live.

Collateral Consequences of Conviction [PDF]

Effective Recidivism Reduction and Risk-Focused Prevention Programs
February, 2008

This report identifies and describes interventions that are effective in reducing recidivism and preventing crime. The primary audience is the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and the primary goal of this compendium is to assist the Commission in carrying out its mission and statutory duties. These duties include investigating evidence-based recidivism reduction initiatives and cost effective crime prevention programs.

What Works to Reduce Recidivism [PDF]

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