CENTENNIAL, Colo., Oct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing concerns of overcrowding, recidivism and fiscal responsibility, South Metro Denver Chamber President and CEO Robert Golden joined Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown and other community groups in supporting Measure 1A this week.
"It will cost less to build a new jail than to continually fix the sanitation and electrical issues at the current building. It's a net savings over time," Golden said. "The proposal also provides much-needed funding for mental health, job training and other services to help these folks find jobs and become contributing community members after they've paid their debt to society."
The Arapahoe County Jail was built in 1983 and designed to hold 386 inmates. A series of renovations, adding bunks and modular buildings has increased its capacity to 1,200.
The measure was referred to the ballot by a unanimous vote of the Arapahoe County Commissioners. If passed, it would increase property taxes by about $5.66 per month for the average home in Arapahoe County and raise $46 million per year. Revenues will fund construction of a new jail in Centennial and support programs to address mental health, substance abuse, job training and other programs.
Brown said the measure will improve safety at the jail and reduce recidivism.
"Overcrowding and unsafe conditions at the current jail compromise the safety of everyone- inmates, visitors and staff alike. The Arapahoe County Detention facility is badly in need of infrastructure improvements, technology upgrades, and adequate space to deliver the programs and services vitally needed by our inmates," Brown said. "1A will improve conditions at the jail and expand the programs needed to improve safety and help keep inmates from re-offending."
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SOURCE South Metro Denver Chamber