We are proud to announce that our very own Richard P. Morales, Deputy Director of the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership (LCCL), was awarded the Rupert-Tate “Game Changer” award, which is given to the individual recognized for making the most positive impact in challenging the criminal justice status quo throughout the State of Colorado.
Richard leads the LCCL WAGEES project – a U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration grant which has expanded funding for community-based re-entry support for people leaving prison. His leadership and skill has built a network of eight community-based organizations in Aurora, Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, Ft. Collins, Greeley, Pueblo and Grand Junction that has strengthened not only these programs but has also elevated the role of formerly incarcerated people in this field.
He is credited as having negotiated and navigated a whole new relationship between community organizations and the Department of Corrections to forge a better partnership.
The Rupert-Tate “Game Changer” award event was sponsored by The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) that has been successfully advocating for sensible criminal justice reform in Colorado for almost two decades. CCJRC was founded in 1999 when Senator Dorothy Rupert, in alliance with Representative Penfield Tate, introduced legislation calling for a three-year halt on prison expansion and the creation of a task force on sentencing reform.
Congratulations Richard!! The LCCL staff and Board are so proud and we look forward to more from you and all of our Colorado partners!