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).