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Attorney General Coffman Supports Federal Prison Reform Legislation

DENVER-- Today Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman joined 38 other attorneys general in supporting the FIRST STEP Act which will strengthen the criminal justice system by enacting prison reforms, such as providing additional tools and flexibility to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, ensuring people are prepared for re-entering communities after leaving prison, and allowing prosecutors to seek the most appropriate sentence for each individual.  

The group of bipartisan attorneys general sent a letter to House and Senate leadership today, announcing support for the Act saying, “We request that Congress enact legislation to strengthen our criminal justice system to better safeguard the people of our states. We believe the FIRST STEP Act contains many helpful reforms and strongly encourage Congress to provide the bill with a full and open debate.”

 Attorney General Coffman expressed her support for the legislation saying, “It is our duty as attorneys general to protect public safety and punish criminal conduct, but we must also do what we can to ensure that people are provided with an opportunity for rehabilitation. When people exit the prison walls, we want to make sure they go on to be productive members of society who do not reoffend.”

A copy of the letter can be found on the right side of this page. 


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Annie Skinner
Colorado Attorney General’s Office
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