Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

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The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) is a non-profit organization that was formed to halt the exponential growth in the state prison population. CCJRC believes that we are currently overusing incarceration and that a comprehensive reevaluation of current criminal justice policy is necessary. We advocate for the expansion of funding for treatment, alternatives to incarceration, and reintegration services to people leaving prison. We also unconditionally oppose the use of for-profit prisons in Colorado.

CCJRC was founded in 1999 and currently consists of over 100 diverse organizations and faith communities and over 6,800 individuals from across the state.




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Joint Letter to the Denver City Council

Free Legal Clinic on Collateral Consequences

2015 Winter Newsletter (369k PDF)

2015 Spring Newsletter (253k PDF)

SB 250 Presentation (157k PDF)

CCJRC 2013 Legislative Wrap-Up, May 13, 2013 (90k PDF)

What Works in Colorado Video by Brave New Foundation

Summary of Criminal Justice Reform Legislation
Passed in the 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Sessions
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2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Marade

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CCJRC is proud to announce the release of its newest publication, Getting On After Getting Out: A ReEntry Guide for Colorado.

This 200 page book provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities. This publication is helpful for people involved in the criminal justice system, their families, community service providers and criminal justice professionals.

Click to order or browse the table of contents (1.1mb PDF).

The Latest News from CCJRC

Think Outside the Cage
CCJRC's blog which covers the latest news on prison related issues in Colorado.

The Colorado Justice Report
CCJRC's quarterly newsletter.
Click here to view the most recent issue.

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Current Cost of the U.S. War On Drugs


The U.S. federal government spent over $19 billion dollars in 2003 on the War on Drugs, at a rate of about $600 per second. The budget has since been increased by over a billion dollars. State and local governments spent at least another $30 billion.

Someone is arrested every 20 seconds. Arrests for drug law violations in 2007 are expected to exceed the 1,678,192 arrests of 2003.


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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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