Did you know:
It costs an average of $28,759 a year to house someone in prison.
The size of Colorado’s prison population has increased four-fold in the past 20 years and is expected to grow to over 27,000 people by 2013.
For those released on mandatory parole in Colorado, 65% will be returned to prison within three years.
The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) is a non-profit organization that was formed to halt the exponential growth in the state prison population and to advocate for reintegration and alternatives to prison. Their 200-page book Go: Getting on After Getting Out provides extensive information to help people prepare for release and successfully reintegrate back into their families and communities.
Summer is here - time for summer trips and outdoor fun.
Looking for ideas for fun trips in Colorado? How about cooling off at one of Colorado's alpine lakes. The June issue of 5280 has an article on seven great alpine lakes in Colorado - including Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon - just designated a National Natural Landmark.
This spring I vowed to stop using Roundup and other pesticides in my yard and garden. I thought I knew what I needed in order to begin my newest battle against the onslaught of bindweed, but on a whim I looked up bindweed in the library's database of Gardening, Landscaping & Horticulture Articles and got even more help for my fight!
In seconds, I had 7 articles to read. The first article listed had two pieces of information I wasn't aware of previously that I'm going to add to my strategy: it's more effective to attack the bindweed with a spot treatment in the fall (in my case, with my new product of choice--vinegar), and if you water the weeds first, the plants will be healthier, photosynthesize more and thus more of the vinegar will make it to the root system. My next vow? Use the library's databases more!
Mango Languages is offering this free course 'til the end of June - Learn to Speak Pirate. Scroll down to "Start Learning Pirate." As you can imagine, it's not on our regular Mango subscription list so we'll have to use this link. The cultural and grammar notes in the language lessons, not to mention the Pirate voices themselves, are hilarious!
How do you say: Oh my gosh, the ship isn't moving!
Answer: Blow me down, the ship's becalmed!
If this inspires you to learn other languages, like Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Vietnamese, Greek and more, check out DPL's Mango Languages database (library card required) and more language resources.
The May 3, 2011 Denver Municipal General Elections are to be conducted by mail. Deadline to register to vote is April 4, 2011. It is important to keep your address updated with the Denver Elections Division so that your ballot is delivered to your current address. Ballots are not forwarded by the U.S. Post Office.
April is Fair Housing Month, in honor of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, later amended by the Housing Amendments Act of 1988. The Fair Housing Act barred housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. The 1988 Act added extended protection against discrimination based on disability or on familial status and strengthened enforcement.
What do you think about closing Guantanamo? Not sure about this complicated issue? Or how about organ donation? Should organ donors be paid? CQ Researcher is a really useful resource to turn to for thoughtful discussion of issues of current interest like these.
Students can use CQ Researcher's A-Z Index of Pro/Con Topics when they are preparing to debate a topic. The Reports are full of facts and statistics that can help in writing papers. CQ Researcher is updated weekly with new content. On the front page you can see what reports are coming up and what has been updated. Here are some recent and upcoming reports: Public Employee Unions, Wind Power, National Debt, Treating Alzheimer's. We often recommend this site.
When I opened the letter addressed to my small business, it looked like an official government mailing. It even cited a section of the Colorado Revised Statutes (a touch only a government documents librarian might appreciate). After closer inspection of this mailing from an entity calling itself the "Corporate Controllers Unit," I surmised they were trying to prey upon people who didn't have the time or skills to decipher a con.
I made plans to expose this bogus use of C.R.S. sections 7-90-301 and 7-90-501 as soon as possible. Other outraged businesses have beat me to it. Here is part of an April 4th News Alert sent out from the office of the Colorado Secretary of State: