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How Entrepreneurship Is Creating Change in Prisons Across Colorado

How Entrepreneurship Is Creating Change in Prisons Across Colorado

i Read the Entire Article in CSU's The Difference Magazine On November 13th, 2019 Griffin Moores, a Web Content Coordinator from Colorado State University, drove to Pueblo, Colorado, and walked inside a prison for the first time with Defy Colorado. Colorado State...

Prison Labor and Hiring Practices

Prison Labor and Hiring Practices

Background I was released in December of 2019 after spending nearly 12 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Through most of my incarceration, I was assigned to a Colorado Correctional Industries (CCI) work crew at Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility....

Incarcerated Black Lives Matter

Incarcerated Black Lives Matter

At Defy Colorado we are grateful that the conversation about racial injustice has shifted to the forefront of our nation’s consciousness. It is long overdue and the delay has been devastating to our country and its Black and Brown citizens. Our hope is that this...

Welcome Home Abe Arrington

Welcome Home Abe Arrington

EXCLUSIVE: Defy Colorado Alum Abe Arrington Tells Us About His Commutation from Governor Polis Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1993, Abron “Abe” Arrington had been locked up since 1989. Learn how this Defy Colorado alumnus and patent owner of a flood mitigation...

Positive People: Defy Colorado

Positive People: Defy Colorado

I Listen to the interview America jails more of its citizens than any other country in the world. More than 2 million citizens are behind bars. High incarceration rates deprive the nation of potentially productive talent and it drains the life force from people...

Defy Colorado Names Stacey Putka as New Executive Director

Defy Colorado Names Stacey Putka as New Executive Director

The Board of Directors at Defy Colorado (www.defycolorado.org), an independent nonprofit organization helping individuals with criminal histories create legal business ventures, today announced it has unanimously chosen Stacey Putka, a licensed social worker, as the...

Defy Colorado Hosts First-Ever Denver Demo Day

Defy Colorado Hosts First-Ever Denver Demo Day

Confronting one of the biggest barriers to effective reintegration back into society, formerly incarcerated individuals will pitch their business ideas to a sold-out audience at the Crawford Hill Mansion later this evening. The pitch competition is being organized by...

Offering a Plan B on the Halfway Houses Controversy

Offering a Plan B on the Halfway Houses Controversy

Earlier this month, the Denver City Council made a highly unexpected decision to end contracts with CoreCivic and GEO Group. These companies also run several Colorado-based community correction facilities, sometimes called halfway houses, that help formerly...