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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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CCJRC Prison Budget Drug Felony Report – Jan 2019 [PDF]

Drug felony filings continue to increase in Colorado, driving up state prison budget.  With prisons nearly full and the Department of Corrections budget closing in on $1 billion, most Coloradans want the state to seek alternatives to incarceration — including reducing the penalties for simple drug possession.

CCJRC-ACLU Memo in Opposition to Prison Expansion: Dec 2018 [PDF]

After decades of unprecedented growth, the Colorado prison population declined dramatically from 2010-2013 as a result of intentional efforts by legislators, criminal justice agencies, and the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Colorado was not alone, as states across the country embarked on their own efforts to reign in burgeoning prison populations and budgets.

Voting with Conviction Special Report: Oct. 2018 [PDF]

Most people with criminal records are eligible to vote in Colorado. Unfortunately, this is not widely known. According to a survey commissioned by the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, there is significant public confusion surrounding the voting rights of individuals currently involved in the justice system.

CCJRC Special Report on Drug Felony Filing: March 2018 [PDF]

$1 Billion Prison Budget Looms for Colorado. A surge in drug felony filings — mostly for simple possession — is driving demand for prison beds and having a disproportionate impact on women.

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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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