Christie Donner

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    War on drug users subject of Colorado New Directions Conference

    "It's an event where we'll be able to ask the public-health, prevention and treatment communities, 'How can we all work together to end the war on drug users and place this issue where it belongs -- within the umbrella of public health, as opposed to addressing it from a criminal-justice standpoint. ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Dorothy Rupert on the prison industry and being a game changer

    There was a time in the mid-1990s when Dorothy Rupert, then a state senator from Boulder, made a point out of touring every prison in Colorado. No easy feat, since at the time the state had the fastest-growing corrections system in the country. "I was just appalled at the rapid growth," Rupert recal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2012

    Reader: Drug addicts are more likely to cause harm to themselves than to others

    Our post about a bill to reduce penalties for meth possession pitted AG John Suthers, who believes lower sentences will promote drug use, against Christie Donner, a legislation-supporter who advocates treatment over incarceration for low-level users. Readers debated these points, too; here's a post ... More >>

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    March 28, 2012

    Meth misdemeanor bill backer disputes John Suthers, state meth task force

    Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is currently in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Supreme Court hearings on the Affordable Care Act. But in his absence, his office registered his objections to Senate Bill 12-163, which would, among other things, make possession of meth a misdemeanor rather than a cla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    War on drugs' 40th anniversary: Protesters at Skyline Park say policy has failed (PHOTOS)

    ​Forty years ago today, President Richard Nixon declared war on drugs -- and according to protesters who gathered at Skyline Park earlier today, that's forty years too many for a failed policy that's done more damage than good not only to America, but to countries around the world.

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    May 6, 2011

    Parole re-entry guide helps freed former convicts face mean streets, lean job prospects

    ​There's nothing quite like the transition from doing hard time to looking for a job in hard times. Every year, Colorado's prison system sends about 10,000 felons back to society -- and roughly two-thirds of them end up back in prison within three years. In most cases, their return is not due ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Supermax showdown: Don't confuse us with facts

    "We were lucky that day": Colorado Department of Corrections Sgt. Bill Nelson describes responding to a 2007 inmate attack on Limon staffer Pam Kahanic (left).​At first glance, the idea of tapping into the badly stretched state budget for a few million to open one wing of a new supermax prison ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2007

    Throwing the Book at Parole

    Two-thirds of the 10,000 people released from Colorado prisons on parole this year will be back behind bars by 2010. Parole revocations now account for 37% of all prison admissions in the state, costing close to $80 million a year. The reasons behind the staggering failure rate of parole have been ... More >>

  • News

    December 23, 2004

    Maxed Out

    Shipping inmates to private prisons is Colorado's cheap solution to overcrowding and violence. But so far, it's cost plenty.

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    September 26, 2002

    A Chemistry Experiment

    The Denver Drug Court tests a formula for reclaiming addicts.

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    May 16, 2002

    Forfeit Me Not

    The legislature redefines a public nuisance

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    December 13, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the week of December 13, 2001

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    November 22, 2001

    The Shifting Drug War

    The pendulum is swinging back from stiff mandatory sentences for drug offenses.

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    August 20, 1998

    Hard Cell

    As inmates attempt to defy guards and air grievances, a wave of brutal "forced cell entries" rocks Colorado's supermax prison.

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    November 8, 1995