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CCJRC began in 1999 as the Colorado Prison Moratorium Coalition that formed to support legislation sponsored by Senator Dorothy Rupert (D-Boulder) and Representative Penfield Tate (D-Denver) that called for a three-year moratorium on building prisons in Colorado.
This was the first bill of its kind in the country and it galvanized people in the community to come together to end mass incarceration. The bill died quickly because in 1999 many legislators believed it was absurd to halt prison expansion because putting more people in prison made us safer – didn’t it? The sponsors ran the bill again in 2000 to the same end.
Coloradans from many different experiences and perspectives are joining together to end the era of mass incarceration, racial disparity and a failed drug war. Through a new vision and an aggressive agenda, we’re advancing a broader debate and design of public health, safety and funding strategies through collective action. We are also here to help people. The last four decades of over-criminalization and missed opportunities for real crime prevention has done significant damage to individuals, families and communities and repairing that harm, to the greatest extent possible, is essential to us.