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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

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 in...

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...

Defy Colorado Fights Recidivism with Business Skills

Defy Colorado Fights Recidivism with Business Skills

Defy Colorado, an independent nonprofit helping people with criminal histories create legal business ventures, is now in three Colorado prisons and is on track to graduate nearly 200 "Entrepreneurs-in-Training" by the end of 2019. At its first Boulder Demo...