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i_sentencingreform_2017a_2017-08-09t09:04:26z5 Hearing Summary

Date: 08/09/2017

Location: SCR 357


Practitioner's Perspective: Community Organizations


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02:20 PM -- Practitioner's Perspective: Community Organizations

Ms. Christie Donner, Director, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, and Mr. Hassan Latif, Executive Director, Second Chance Center, appeared before the committee. Ms. Donner discussed the prison population in Colorado, and the costs associated with incarceration. She discussed the use of alternatives to incarceration, including the use of community corrections. Ms. Donner discussed drug sentencing and recent legislation. She also discussed increases in the incarceration of women. Ms. Donner discussed her concerns with existing drug laws. Ms. Donner responded to a question concerning resource allocation.

02:37 PM

Mr. Latif discussed his experience working with the Second Chance Center, and the number of people being served by the center. Mr. Latif addressed issues raised in Ms. Donner's testimony concerning the incarceration of women. He responded to a question concerning the services provided by the Second Chance Center.

02:50 PM

Mr. Latif continued to respond to questions concerning the Second Chance Center's philosophy, and the curriculum used in the center's mentoring program. Ms. Donner discussed serving crime survivors in addition to offenders.