Community corrections programs provide an alternative to incarceration for clients referred to the program by the courts. Benefits include:
Residential community corrections programs are an alternative to prison intended to help reintegrate offenders into their communities. Offenders placed in residential programs are commonly diverted or transferred from Colorado's state prisons. These programs provide a structured environment where offenders:
Offenders in the residential program are allowed to leave the facility to participate in employment and treatment. See acceptance criteria for more information.
Non-residential community corrections programs provide the lowest level of supervision in the community corrections system. Offenders live, work, and obtain treatment services in the community. Offenders typically transition from residential programs to non-residential programs. Currently, 26 non-residential programs operate in the State that serve diversion offenders.
See acceptance criteria for more information.
Community corrections programs serve as an alternative to prison with significant economic and public safety incentives. Learn more about community corrections programs.
Correctional facilities, also referred to as halfway-houses, are not meant to be a confined setting for offenders. In fact, one of the primary goals of community corrections is to reintegrate and transition offenders into the community. There are several measures taken to ensure public safety in this process. Residents are only allowed to leave the facility for employment, treatment, or staff approved passes; and resident whereabouts are monitored around the clock. Facility staff regularly search residents and the facility for contraband and have heightened security measures utilizing the latest monitoring technologies. Less, less than 2% of residents in community corrections are terminated from the program for committing a new crime.
There is nothing that precludes a violent offender from being placed in community corrections, but as with all referrals the case must be approved by the local community corrections board.
The Department of Corrections refers clients to the Denver Community Corrections Board for all parole destinations in Denver. Diversion offenders, those sentenced directly by the court, are referred for placement by the Denver District Court.
All referrals must be screened by the Denver Community Corrections Board for approval prior to placement in any Denver's facility. Denver facilities must approve the placement before an offender can be transferred by the referring agency.
Yes, there are over 100 standards setting the minimum requirements in areas such as administration, personnel, security, and case management. The standards were established by the Governor’s Advisory Council on Community Corrections in conjunction with the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice. In addition to the standards, the community corrections board has the authority to require additional services and facilities to adhere to any local ordinances.
There are 12 residential facilities located throughout the City and County of Denver which are operated by public and private sector organizations. These facilities provide services to male and female offenders, including special populations such as the mentally ill and those with severe drug and alcohol addictions.
No, out-of-state referrals are not accepted for Denver Community Corrections programs.
Denver does not contract with other counties for services. The only program that routinely accepts out-of-county referrals is the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center- Peer I Program. This program is located on the grounds of Ft. Logan and, due to the specialized drug and alcohol treatment available, Denver has allowed other counties to utilize approximately 30 beds which are contracted by Jefferson, Arapahoe, and Adams counties. As with all proposed placements, they must be approved for placement by the Denver Community Corrections Board.
Although the law allows for diversion placements to be sentenced from other judicial districts, it is extremely rare that diversion placements in Denver are sentenced from anywhere except the Denver District Court. The only exception is when there is an agreement to allow other metro counties to refer a diversion client to the specialized drug and alcohol treatment center operated by the University of Colorado (Peer I / The Haven).
All referrals received from the Colorado Department of Corrections (transition) have listed Denver County as their parole destination. This is not to say that these individuals were all convicted from Denver County, but it does reflect that all have listed Denver as their parole destination.
In Denver there are 628 clients in residential beds, approximately 200 are classified as diversion offenders. These are offenders sentenced directly by the Denver District Court as an alternative to prison. These offenders typically are not eligible for probation sentences and community corrections is seen as a viable alternative to a prison sentence.
The Denver Community Corrections Board oversees the acceptance and rejection criteria for all prospective offenders to be placed in the Denver Community Corrections program. There are 21 members of the Board, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by ordinance. The Manager of Safety is responsible for oversight of board.
Division of Community Corrections
303 West Colfax Avenue, Suite 1700
Denver, Colorado 80204 ( Get Directions)
Phone: (720) 913-8250
Greg Mauro, Director Community Corrections
Phone: (720) 913-8252
Mary Beth Wise, Operations Manager
Phone: (720) 913-8903
In Colorado, the community corrections system functions as a partnership between state and local agencies in collaboration with community corrections service providers. The State of Colorado oversees community corrections standards and administers funding for local correctional programs. The State Department of Public Safety allocates funds through the Division of Criminal Justice. Visit the State of Colorado's website to learn more.