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Voices For Justice
Details for the 2015 event coming soon

 


2012 Voices for Justice Event

We would like to extend our appreciation to all of you who attended or supported the 2012 Voices for Justice event. The evening was lovely and both the silent and live auctions were wonderfully successful. We had the opportunity to give our inaugural award 'The Rupert-Tate Game Changer Award' to the two former legislators for whom it is named. Their vision for criminal justice reform served as the impetus for the creation of CCJRC.

In 1999, Senator Dorothy Rupert (Boulder) and then Representative Penfield Tate (Denver) sponsored legislation (SB 99-95) calling for a three year halt on prison expansion and the creation of a task force to explore effective alternatives to incarceration. Although the bill was unsuccessful, the campaign launched CCJRC's efforts to build a statewide, grassroots movement for criminal justice reform. Dorothy Rupert and Penfield Tate graciously accepted their awards. They had a vision in 1999 that was on-point but ahead of its time. It seems perfectly fitting that CCJRC would circle back to the leaders who inspired our inception and honor all that they helped achieve.

Hassan Latif lent us his wit and passion for CCJRC as the MC for the evening and we were honored to have Kris Dafni and Khalil Halim as our keynote speakers.

Check out some of the pictures from our 2012 event:


 

Photos from the 2010 CCJRC Miniature Golf Tournament

 

SB 176 Signing at the Capitol

 

Michelle Alexander author of The New Jim Crow, will be in Denver Feb. 22-24.

View the complete list of events (785k DOC)

View the Feb. 23 event flyer (1812k PDF)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 – 7-9pm – Public Forum – Park Hill United Methodist Church, 5209 Montview Avenue (near the corner of Montview & Glencoe), Denver. Professor Alexander will present: A Challenge to the Denver Community. Dr. Rachel Harding will moderate a panel discussion and open a community response period. Panelists include Michelle Alexander, Christie Donner, Executive Director of CCJRC and Francisco Gallardo of GRASP (Gang Rescue and Support Project).

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The Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Sentencing Reform in the 2011 Colorado General Assembly

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Audio portion:

Audio: Sentencing Reform in the 2011 Colorado General Assembly

On Tuesday, February 8th the Independence Institute's Justice Policy Initiative, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, and the Pew Center on the States came together again to hold a panel event at the University Club to discuss the work by the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) and sentencing reform in 2011. Despite the bad weather, a large crowd showed up to listen to the expert panelists give their take on what the Colorado legislature might have in store this legislative session.

Panelists included Colorado State Representative and CCJJ member Mark Waller, Colorado State Senator and CCJJ drug policy task force member Pat Steadman, Maureen Cain, Policy Director Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and CCJJ task force member, Tom Raynes, Executive Director, Colorado District Attorneys Council, and CCJJ member, Christie Donner, Executive Director of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition.

For those of you unable to make it, we've compiled the presentations by each speaker in individual podcasts. Feel free to download these podcasts and share them with others who might be interested. Additionally, here is a link to the pictures presented in slide show format.

Introductory remarks by Mike Krause of the Independence Institute's Justice Policy Initiative.

Panelist #1: Colorado State Senator and CCJJ drug policy task force member Pat Steadman.

Panelist #2: Colorado State Representative and CCJJ member Mark Waller.

Panelist #3: Executive Director of the Colorado District Attorneys Council Tom Raynes.

Panelist #4: Policy Director of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and CCJJ task force member Maureen Cain.

Panelist #5: Executive Director of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Christie Donner.

 

CCJRC Meeting Dates

If you are interested in attending these meetings to support CCJRC's agenda through the Commissions, please contact Christie Donner through CCJRC's website, for more information regarding your interest area and who your CCJRC staff contact will be.

If you are interested in more information for your own benefit, about either of these Commissions, please respond to their links below.

 

Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice
Unless otherwise noted, Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice meetings occur between 12:30-4:30pm on the second Friday of each month at the National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) in Lakewood, CO .

Click the link below for the Commission's 2012 meeting schedule, agenda, and meeting minutes.
http://cdpsweb.state.co.us/cccjj/2012_meeting_schedule.html

Denver Crime Prevention & Control Commission
Meets on the Third Wednesday of each month, 3 pm -5 pm at 13th and Cherokee, Denver in the police auditorium.

There are also a number of subcommittees that meet.

You can find find the 2010 meeting schedule at the link below.
http://www.denvergov.org/Default.aspx?alias=www.denvergov.org/crimeprevention

 





90% of women in prison were assessed to be in need of substance abuse treatment.



The odds of a male born in 2001 going to prison during his lifetime are: 1 in 3 for African Americans, 1 in 6 for Latinos, and 1 in 17 for Caucasians.



The United States incarcerates more people for drug offenses, than the European Union does for all offenses combined.



The DOC projects that by 2008, 1 out of 5 people in Colorado prisons will suffer from a serious mental illness.



The Dept of Corrections budget is $703 million, up from $70 million in 1985.



The state paid private prisons over $90 million this year to house 5,000 state prisoners.



Colorado prison population has grown 604% since 1980, while the population of the state grew 59%.



Every year, 28% of people who are sent to prison were revoked for a technical violation of parole.



65% of women in prison are mothers of children under 18 years old.



1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men sent to prison were convicted of a drug offense.



Currently, 45 people a day are admitted to prison in Colorado.



69% of people in Colorado prisons for drug offenses, are people of color.



65% of women in prison are mothers of children under 18 years old.



1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men sent to prison were convicted of a drug offense.



Currently, 45 people a day are admitted to prison in Colorado.



The Dept of Corrections budget is $703 million, up from $70 million in 1985.



90% of women in prison were assessed to be in need of substance abuse treatment.



The odds of a male born in 2001 going to prison during his lifetime are: 1 in 3 for African Americans, 1 in 6 for Latinos, and 1 in 17 for Caucasians.



The United States incarcerates more people for drug offenses, than the European Union does for all offenses combined.



The DOC projects that by 2008, 1 out of 5 people in Colorado prisons will suffer from a serious mental illness.



The state paid private prisons over $90 million this year to house 5,000 state prisoners.



Colorado prison population has grown 604% since 1980, while the population of the state grew 59%.



65% of women in prison are mothers of children under 18 years old.



1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men sent to prison were convicted of a drug offense.