Issues

Colorado-CURE supports many of the issues recognized as priorities by National CURE:

  • Abolition of the death penalty.
  • Compensation to crime victims.
  • Moratorium on prison construction
  • More community corrections placement.
  • More and better job training and education for prisoners.
  • Reform of the sentencing laws such as mandatory sentencing.
  • Enhancement of prisoner/family relationships.
  • Quality legal aid for indigent criminal defendants.
  • Improvement of reintegration services for prisoners returning to society.
  • Access in prison to treatment for medical/psychological problems.
  • Constitutional conditions of confinement.
  • Removing racism from application of the death penalty.
  • Voting in federal elections by all probationers and parolees.
  • Improvement of the availability of veterans’ benefits and services to incarcerated veterans.
  • Encouraging prison-based businesses.
  • Increasing awareness of the special needs of women prisoners.
  • Stronger enforcement of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA).
  • Supporting professional accreditation for all correctional entities.
  • Utilizing a pro-family policy in regard to the Interstate Corrections Compact.
  • Prisoners at a distance from their families would apply for transfer to a prison system in the same state as their loved ones.
  • Seeking effective drug treatment on request in the community and in prison (CURE is a member of a network that monitors the president’s war on drugs).
  • Eliminating discrimination in employment for a felon if nature of job does not relate to his or her crime.

National CURE has aided in passing legislation that:

  • Allows states to make pregnant prisoners eligible for WIC (Women, Infants and Children), a federal program providing special food assistance.
  • Asks states receiving federal funds for juvenile justice to file an annual report on the “number of juveniles who died while in custody and the circumstances under which they died.” · Keeps funding in federal prison budget for inmate parent/child programs (MATCH model).
  • Renews the Targeted Jobs Tax Credit (and keeping the ex-offenders in TJTC).
  • Authorizes and funds demonstration projects for treatment and prevention of sex offenses.
  • Increases educational programs in prisons and jails.

Defeating legislation that:

  • Expands the federal death penalty.

Implementing legislation that:

  • Mandates social security caseworkers to help process food stamp applications from soon-to-be released prisoners who apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).