Officials lower Colorado prison population predictions
"Democratic Rep. Leslie Herod of Denver and others questioned the methodology behind the numbers, which affect funding or opening new facilities." "On June 30, about 14,200 inmates were in the corrections department’s 19 prisons." "Nearly 3,900 more were at three private prisons with state contracts. Read full article #criminaljusticereform #criminaljustice #LeslieHerod #paroleevoting #prisonpopulation
People on parole can now vote, thanks to a new law in Colorado
“Largely, Coloradans believe we should turn out to vote and do everything we can to decrease barriers, so that those eligible to vote have access to the ballot. That’s what we were able to do with this measure,” said bill sponsor, Representative Leslie Herod (D-Denver)." Read full article #criminaljusticereform #criminaljustice #paroleevoting #votingrights #civilrights
As of today, 11,467 Colorado parolees can register to vote. Will they?
"State Rep. Leslie Herod, a Denver Democrat, sponsored the parolee voting bill this past legislative session. She said she hopes that by November, the percentage of voting parolees mirrors or comes close to the percentage of non-parolee citizens who participate in elections. Nearly 60 percent of eligible voting-age Coloradans voted last November, according to the Secretary of State’s Office." "But Herod also said she knows it’ll be a challenge to reach many of those affected
11,467 Colorado parolees can now vote after new law goes into effect
"Advocates for the change hope that allowing parolees to vote will help them feel more vested in their communities, which may lead to lower recidivism rates." “If you vote you’re more likely not to commit a crime,” state Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, told The Colorado Sun earlier this year. She was one of the lead proponents of the change." Read full article #criminaljusticereform #criminaljustice #paroleevoting #votingrights #civilrights