DENVER ( August 8, 2019 ) – The Department of Public Safety (DOS) remains committed to community corrections services and the clients and families we serve. Our goal is to continue those services, uninterrupted, despite City Council’s decision earlier this week to not renew the contracts with GEO and CoreCivic.
There are no immediate plans to return individuals to custody who are housed at the two GEO- or the four CoreCivic-owned facilities.
Community corrections facilities (half-way houses) provide an effective alternative sentencing option and re-entry strategy for individuals to serve their sentence outside of prison walls. The facilities are designed as residential programs offering gradual individualized and reintegration services, including a variety of treatment, support and skill building.
Denver’s Community Corrections system involves four service providers and a total of ten residential facilities. Due to the city’s zoning regulations, there are currently no viable alternatives to these facilities in existence at this time. GEO and CoreCivic own and operate six of the ten facilities and control a total of 517 out of the available 748 beds. Presently, more than 200 people who are incarcerated are approved and awaiting placement at a Denver-based community corrections facility at this time.
DOS is working on an alternate plan that allows for continued care in the community for these vulnerable clients.