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Three Steps Forward and a Couple Steps Back for Drug Law Reform in Colorado

Mike Krause | Posted 01.01.2012 | Denver
Mike Krause

While lawmakers continued reform momentum this year, those efforts were tempered by other bills that expanded an already intrusive and expensive drug law regime that returns questionable public safety value.

Legislature Restrains Its Compulsion to Overcriminalize Colorado

Mike Krause | Posted 07.05.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

The Colorado legislature has taken a modest step towards restraining its penchant for overcriminalizing the lives of Coloradans. Let's hope it makes us all a little bit freer from an often overweening state.

Give a Listen to Ideas for Criminal Justice Reform in the 2011 Colorado Legislature

Mike Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

In early February the Independence Institute, the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and the Pew Center on the States hosted a panel event on ...

Sentencing Reform in the 2011 Colorado General Assembly

Mike Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

The legislature's ability to affect the prison caseload, and thus the corrections budget, rests in its prerogative to write, and when necessary, re-write the state's criminal sentencing and parole laws.

Colorado's War on Drugs a Fiscal Disaster

Mike Krause | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Mike Krause

Colorado's failed attempt to incarcerate away drugs costs taxpayers roughly $140 million per year just for prison beds. Budget hawks have turned a blind eye to one of the most extreme spending sprees in state history.