Prison spending in our state has tripled over the last 20 years. Unless Colorado has suddenly become a vacation destination for the common criminal, something has gone awry on the sentencing law front. Thus, we have the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (CCJJ) to address sentencing reform, and possible solutions to our criminalization, probation, and recidivism problems. Commission member and Colorado State Public Defender Doug Wilson joined Justice Policy Center director Mike Krause on iVoices.org for an overview of what the CCJJ plans to do, how things are going, and what he hopes will result from the meetings. In addition, Mike has planned an event out on the western slope that features quite the distinguished panel: State Senator Morgan Carroll; Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger, Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey, Chairman of the 9th JD Community Corrections Board Steve Reynolds, Colorado Department of Public Safety Director Pete Weir, and Colorado Department of Corrections Director Ari Zavaras. They will be discussing the impact of sentencing on Colorado’s prison population and on the Colorado budget, and the ongoing work of the CCJJ to address sentencing reform in Colorado.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Two Rivers Convention Center – 159 Main Street, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
RSVP to Angeline Roles at (970) 242-3246 or firstname.lastname@example.org
by October 19, 2009