Responsible Re-Entry is a statewide campaign that addresses recidivism by providing new economic opportunities to individuals and families who encounter barriers to employment.

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To ensure the success of the campaign, the Colorado Center on Law and Policy is working to build a diverse coalition to endorse legislation that will give more Coloradans employment opportunities by removing criminal background inquiries from preliminary job applications. Add your organization to the coalition by hyperlinking to this brief endorsement form.

Complete the Online Endorsement Form


Current endorsers:

  • 9to5 Colorado
  • Above Waters Project
  • ACLU
  • African American Humanist Temple
  • All Families Deserve a Chance Coalition (AFDC)
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Bell Policy Center
  • Bayaud Enterprises
  • Bridges to Career Pathways Commission (BCPC)
  • Cities of Refuge Denver
  • Colorado Catholic Conference
  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
  • Colorado Council of Churches
  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar
  • Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
  • Colorado Fiscal Institute
  • Colorado Jobs With Justice
  • Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition
  • Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO)
  • Colorado Social Legislation Committee
  • Colorado Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Community Reentry Project
  • Connections Training and Staffing, Inc.
  • CrossPurpose
  • CWEE
  • Denver Area Labor Federation
  • Denver Urban Ministries
  • Empowercom, Inc.
  • Family Environmental Compliance Services
  • Family Tree
  • Four Seasons Denver
  • FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities
  • Fresh Anointing Christian Church
  • Helping Veterans
  • HIREDenver
  • Homeless Out Loud
  • Humboldt Consultants Inc.
  • Interfaith Alliance
  • J.A.G. Properties
  • Latino Coalition for Community Leadership
  • Metro Caring
  • Mile High United Way
  • NAACP State Conference: Colo. Mont. Wyo.
  • Orchid Mental Health Legal Advocacy of CO, Inc.
  • Pretty Good Consulting Inc.
  • Rocky Mountain Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Second Chance Ministries
  • SEIU Colorado
  • Skills2Compete — Colorado
  • Spring Back Colorado
  • The Center for Spirituality at Work
  • The Conflict Center
  • The Empowerment Program
  • The Gathering Place
  • The League of Women Voters
  • The Second Chance Center
  • Together Colorado
  • United Veterans Committee of Colorado
  • Urban Colors Arts and Mentoring
  • Waters Public Affairs, LLC
  • Worker to Job Connection
  • WorkLife Partnership
  • Zero Drop Outs

Summary: The Responsible Re-Entry legislative campaign will focus on addressing obstacles to employment through “Ban the Box” legislation, which would require most private employers to postpone conducting criminal background checks until after an applicant has had an opportunity to interview for a job.

After incarceration, we expect people to work, pay restitution and support their families. Although most people re-entering society want to do exactly this, millions of Americans with criminal records encounter barriers to employment that lead to unemployment, food insecurity and housing instability.

By inhibiting re-entry into the workforce and limiting one’s ability to earn an income, these obstacles often affect entire families, fueling both poverty and recidivism. We believe that expanding Ban the Box legislation will increase employment opportunities for Coloradans with criminal records and forge new pathways from poverty.

What you can do: To learn more about the issue, check out CCLP’s report “Outside the Box: An Approach to Promoting and Increasing Opportunities for People with Criminal Records” as well as this CCLP blog posting. Also, keep-up-to-date with Responsible Re-Entry by joining the campaign’s mailing list.

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For more information about the Responsible Re-Entry campaign, contact Jack Regenbogen, Esq., Policy Associate, at