County commissioners Faye Griffin and Casey Tighe stopped by Golden city council on Oct. 10 to make a presentation on community corrections. …
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County commissioners Faye Griffin and Casey Tighe stopped by Golden city council on Oct. 10 to make a presentation on community corrections.
Commissioners will be on an educational tour to municipalities in the county to present information on community corrections, its functions, and why the county is interested in relocating the proposed correctional building that fell flat this past July.
As part of the tour, commissioners will request city council members for their input on potential site locations and financial assistance options.
The meetings are not about location approvals Commissioner Tighe said. “The purpose of this is to provide an informational presentation to city council on what corrections is,” he said. “We have not identified a location.”
Talks on location sites will not begin until after the first of the year, Tighe said.
The proposed community corrections building will be provided by Intervention Community Corrections Services or ICCS which is a private, nonprofit agency. ICCS is currently located in the New York Building on Kendall St. in Lakewood, and has been there since 1977. Its purpose is to provide a short-term transition from prison to the community, where previous offenders will be given the opportunity to find work, and learn the skills needed to handle financial obligations.
Councilors listened intently for an hour to the presentation given by commissioners along with Kathy Otten, division director for Justice Services at the Colorado Department of Human Services, and Gregg Kildow, executive director for ICCS. Many questions were asked, but little comment was given on how the council intends to assist the county on site locations, financial assistance or support for ICCS relocation.
“We don’t have to have it,” Jeffco county administrator Ralph Snell said. The county has been looking to relocate ICCS for three years, and has looked at 50 location sites. Most of those sites have been near or in Golden, Schell said.
Future scheduled meetings include Monday, Oct. 21, with the Westminster City Council (6:30 p.m.), Monday, Oct. 28, with the Arvada City Council (6 p.m.), Thursday, Nov. 14, with the Edgewater City Council (7 p.m.) and the Wheat Ridge City Council on Friday, Nov. 18, (6:30 p.m.).
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