Our communities are facing complex problems that require comprehensive policy solutions. We believe those solutions must recognize that citizens, families and communities — and not just police and prosecutors — play an essential role in addressing public safety challenges. And while law enforcement and the criminal justice system will also continue play roles, we believe those roles should be reduced, more humane, and racially equitable.
CCJRC4Action has endorsed the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform’s Equitable Prosecution Statement of Principles to elevate the expectations the community has of elected prosecutors. This platform provides communities with new approaches to community health and safety that are effective, just, and equitable. Through this platform, we aim to advance policy solutions that realize our vision for true reform in Colorado. This includes:
- Substantial reductions in the number of adults and juveniles who are incarcerated and otherwise under criminal justice supervision.
- Elimination of racial disparity in the criminal justice system.
- Increased transparency and accountability for police, prosecutors, and judges.
- A new policy model for addressing addiction. Specifically, one that is integrated into a health care and trauma recovery framework; grounded in harm reduction principles and practices; and adequately funded to provide treatment on demand at the level needed and in a gender- and culturally responsive manner.
- A reduction in public funding for police, criminal justice agencies, and adult and youth corrections, and investment of the savings into community-led health, safety and opportunity strategies in communities impacted by higher rates of crime, policing, and incarceration.