Community Corrections

Do persons eligible for community corrections within Denver limits need to be Denverites?

No, they can come from any jurisdiction in the state.

Can the community corrections system grow beyond what is needed in Denver?

There is no limit to the number of clients in any facility except zoning and the ability to receive reimbursement from the State for each client.

What is the current State requirement for square feet/person in a facility?

40 sf/person (see page 6)

What kinds of cases are reviewed and placed?

This is a breakdown of sentencing crimes, for offenders reviewed, by Denver Community Corrections Board in July 2020.

 

Crimes vary from month to month. This list is typical of cases reviewed. It is also important to note that every one of the offenders referred has a lengthy criminal background including misdemeanors and felonies.

 • Assault-usually 2nd degree – 21

 • Dangerous drugs-manufacture/sale – 10

 • Menacing – 8

 • Homicide – 4

 • Aggravated robbery (usually with a weapon) – 15

 • Aggravated motor vehicle theft (carjacking) – 5

 • Vehicular assault – 2

 • Child abuse – 1

 • Sex offense – 5

 • Kidnapping – 2

 • Weapons – 5

 • Other including identity theft, extortion, fraud, dangerous drugs, stalking, organized crime (usually gang related) forgery and trespass (often domestic violence) – 17

The numbers, above, are for individual offenders and the crime of conviction that resulted in each one being sentenced to the Department of Corrections.

 

Many persons have multiple offenses: a person convicted of armed robbery will also have additional charges for unlawful possession of weapons; kidnapping is often accompanied by assault charges.

Jane Prancan spoke with us as a concerned Denver resident. She is a 17-year member of the Denver Community Corrections Board, but her comments are not provided in her official capacity.

Statistics

2019 – Colorado has a 50% recidivism rate (convicted criminal re-offense); 10 points higher than the national average of 40%. (CPR, 2/2019) Denver’s recidivism rate is 41%. (Denverite, 8/2019)

 

2019 – 2/3 of Denver’s halfway house population are felons exiting prison. 1/3 have been deferred from state prison.

2018 – 54,000 felonies filed statewide. 50% (27,000) were against people who were already in the criminal justice system or had a prior criminal record. (CPR, 2/2019)

 

2016-2019 – 9 of 10 halfway houses with the highest escape rates in the state were operated by GEO or CoreCivic, According to the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice. All 9 were in Denver, Adams and Arapahoe counties. The highest was GEO’s Williams Street facility in City Park West, one of the few women’s programs in the state. (Denverite, 8/2019)

 

2016-2019 – 31% of people who “exited” Denver’s program did so because of an escape, nearly twice the state average. (Denverite, 8/2019)

 

2016-2018 – 56% of parolees at Denver Community Corrections-run halfway houses completed their programs (Denverite, 8/2019)

 

2016-2018 – 54% of parolees failed their program at Tooley Hall and Williams Street, run by GEO, a national operator; 76% of parolees failed their program at Independence House, run by a local, independent operator. (Denverite, 8/2019)

 

2015-2017 – Violent crime increased 15%. Property crime and larceny increased 4%. (CPR, 2/2019)

2014-2016 – 42% success rate of halfway houses in Denver. Success = 2 years without re-offending. (Denverite, 8/2019)

Community Planning and Development states:

The proposal would remove some of the current restrictions on where they can be located, but it would not change other regulations, codes or oversight that apply to these types of facilities, how they are established, how they are run or who is eligible to live in them.

Does the average Denver resident know there are at least four layers of law, code, regulation, and contract provision that govern EACH community corrections facility?

For example, the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice regulates the requirement of square feet/per individual in a community corrections facility. It's NOT the 200 SF that CPD talks about for residential group living -- it's 40 SF per person.

 

Colorado Community Corrections Standards 2017 Revisions (updated from 2010, page 26)

EF-020: Minimum Floor Space A minimum of 40 square feet of floor space shall be provided per client in sleeping areas of the residential program, of which no more than 4 square feet shall be closet or wardrobe space.

If the Amendment passes, Community Corrections facilities will be allowed in every residential neighborhood as a use by right. Residents  will have to know which of the four layers of governance applies in order to address concerns with those facilities.

Is this reasonable for our residential neighborhoods?

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