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					Boulder County Jail
Division Chief Larry Hank

                                  Figure 10 - Boulder County Jail

Mission Statement and Values

The Jail Division of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office adheres to our Mission Statement. We
provide the citizens of Boulder County with effective and efficient public safety services. We
deliver these services with character, competence, and open communication. Along with our
values; We value human life, we value the system of laws that govern us, we value the principles
of the constitutions of the United States and the State of Colorado, we value the communities we
serve, we value the person, we value organizational excellence, and we value the strength of
personal character in our employees. We operate a safe and secure facility utilizing the resources
outlined within this 2009 Annual Report.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Jail Division, has an organizational structure, which
provides for one Jail Division Chief (Larry Hank) who manages four Commanders who
supervise various components of the Jail Division operations. Commander (Bruce Haas) serves
as the Administrative Commander and oversees the Jail Administration, Training, Medical
Services, Alternative Sentence programs, Warrants and Extraditions. Commander (Bill Black)
oversees the Jail Food Service Unit, Maintenance Unit, Classification team, Jail Programs, and
Policy and Procedure maintenance. Commander (Ed Torres) oversees the Dayshift operations
teams and the Jail Court/Transport unit. Commander (Dwight Hill) oversees the Evening shift
operations teams. Four teams who work twelve-hour shifts, manage the Jail Operations. The
Dayshift teams consist of two Sergeants and twenty deputies on each team; the Night teams
consist of two Sergeants and sixteen deputies. In addition, each team have two Law
Enforcement Technicians who provide support functions by managing the Master Control center
and assist in Booking.

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   •   Annual Jail Budget:

               Personnel Budget: $10,172,492
               Operating Budget: $ 2,236,802

   •   Total number of Booked: 9,307
   •   Average Booked per month: 776
   •   Non-Citizen’s Booked: 1186
   •   Average Daily Population: 452
   •   Average Length of Stay: 17 days

Computerized Statistical Analysis (COMSTATS):

The Jail Division implemented a Computerized Statistical gathering report in 2007. Data is
collected on all aspects of jail management, from the Average Daily Population to the cost of our
inmate meals within our Food Services and Program attendance to Staff training. The
COMSTAT program has allowed Command Staff to view the overall Jail data collection; within
one excel report, with the ability to get detailed information within a few keystrokes. This
program has allowed staff to reconcile their monthly reports in a more timely and efficient
manner than before. It has also created a more efficient flow of information from line level staff
to upper management.

The Jail Division Computerized Statistics have shown some very promising numbers over the
past two years of data gathering. The Jail Overtime/Hospital budget has always been an issue for
this Division, as this budget can be very difficult to maintain due to unforeseeable events that are
not always in the jails direct control. Through the use of COMSTAT, strategic planning has
occurred to implement strategies to reduce overtime cost. The result of these strategies has
shown a marked improvement of almost a 60% reduction in overtime expenditures over the past
two years.

The Boulder County Jail was built in 1987 and was designed to accommodate 287 inmates. In
2005 the jail converted an existing outdoor courtyard into additional inmate housing and added
thirty-two additional rooms (64 beds). Through the use of double bunking existing jail beds, and
the 2005 expansion, the jail increased its capacity in 2008 to accommodate up to 538 inmates.
The module dayroom space was not designed to accommodate double bunking of these modules,
so the jail has developed a “split lockdown” protocol to provide better control and supervision.
Only half of each module is allowed out at one time, and the times are rotated each day. This
affords those inmates on their time out to have better access to showers, programs and other
activities, which are conducted, in the dayroom.

Currently the jail has 13 distinct housing units, or “modules,” located in three separate buildings
– A, B and C. These modules are managed through the application of direct supervision
principles. Module deputies manage each of these units by utilizing good communication skills
with the inmate population, addressing individual and group problems as they occur, managing
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the daily custodial tasks such as recreation, food service, jail programs and visitation. Through
the use of direct supervision, these deputies develop a strong report with the inmate population,
which facilitates a pro-active response to issues and provides for a safer environment for those in

Building A

                          Figure 11 – (L-R) Tony Knight and Pete Zavednak

This building contains 5 modules: Intake, Women’s, Maximum, Special Management and
Disciplinary. The Intake module houses up to 52 inmates and also includes a sub dayroom unit,
which can house up to 12 Administrative Segregation inmates. The Intake inmates housed here
are typically new arrestees and are awaiting classification. Length of stay in this module ranges
from 24 – 72 hours. The Administrative Segregation inmates housed in the sub dayroom
require protective custody, so they are housed in a secure sub dayroom to minimize their
exposure to the general inmate population.

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The Maximum Security module holds up to 32 inmates, which are classified as high maximum
security. Most of these inmates have extensive criminal history and serious criminal offences.
Most of these offenders are likely to face prison sentences and are generally viewed as
committed to long term criminal activity.

The Special Management module houses up to 32 inmates who display mental health issues or
physical disabilities. Due to the special needs of these inmates, considerable effort is made to
provide mental health resources and to manage this group in a supportive and less authoritative

The Disciplinary module houses up to 15 inmates who have been found guilty of violating
major jail rules and those inmates who cannot be housed elsewhere, either because they pose a
danger to other inmates and staff, or are at risk if housed with other inmates. Inmates on
Disciplinary status receive a Disciplinary Hearing review of their problematic behavior and are
confined to this unit for a specific period of time. Administrative Segregation inmates housed in
this module, due to their potential danger to others or themselves, are reviewed on a weekly basis
to determine their length of stay in this unit.

The Women’s module has a maximum capacity of 29. This module is unique in that it must
house female inmates of every type and classification. This is accomplished through the use of
two sub-dayrooms. It is, in essence, a jail within a jail. Disciplinary inmates, Special
Management inmates, inmates involved in jail programs, unclassified new intakes, and inmates
of all classification types are housed in this module. This mixed classification can be very
challenging to manage, as the female deputy must apply various communication techniques to
maintain successful control.

Building B

Building B includes two programming modules: Phoenix – which can house up to 32 inmates,
and Transition – up to 64 inmates. The Phoenix module is primarily a substance abuse housing
unit where the inmates must meet specific criteria to be placed in this unit, and are required to
participate in a therapeutic environment to address their substance abuse issues. The Transition
module also requires that the inmates are screened and meet specific criteria for this unit. These
inmates are required to attend various programs, which better prepare them for release and “re-
entry” into the community.

The third module in Building B is Medium, the largest module in the jail, housing up to 96
inmates. This module is primarily comprised of maximum and medium-security inmates who
are awaiting an outcome of their criminal case. Most of these inmates do not qualify for housing
in Phoenix or Transition due to their attitude or active criminal case. If they are convicted and
sentenced to the jail, they are re-evaluated, re-classified and moved to another module which is
deemed appropriate for their situation.

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Building C

Building C is made up of 4 dormitory style-housing units, A, B, C and D. This building houses
minimum security, Community worker and Alternative Sentence program inmates. Currently,
Dorm C houses 28 female inmates who have been classified as Medium Security or lower. Due
to overcrowding in the main jail’s Women’s unit, this module is being utilized to house the
overflow of female inmates. The women housed in this module are usually sentenced and seen
as lower risk offenders. Dorm D houses 50 inmates referred to as Community Workers. These
are sentenced inmates who work outside of the jail on various community projects. Sheriff’s
Office Crew Boss staff supervises them. Dorm B houses 34 inmates who are sentenced to the
jail Work Release program. These inmates are allowed to work in the community, however they
are monitored for substance abuse and must adhere to a monitored work schedule. Dorm A
houses 20 inmates who are also on Work Release, however these inmates must participate in a
program called ROC, which addresses those with a history of alcohol offences. Total capacity
for Building C Dorms is 132 inmates.

Inmate Worker module: Located between Buildings B and C, this module was built into what
was formerly a secured interior recreation yard. This module houses up to 64 inmates and
opened in the spring of 2005 and houses the jail’s Inmate Workers. These inmates are sentenced
to the jail and confined to work within the interior walls of the facility. Their work assignments
range from working in Food Services, the jail laundry, booking, and cleaning of all hallways and
general areas.

The Support Services Building: Building (D) contains the jail kitchen, the laundry,
Maintenance shops, a library and GED and programs classrooms. Also in this building are the
offices for the Classification team, Chaplain, programs directors and Support Services
administrators. This building provides for office space and program space to support our
Classification Team and the various programs which are provided at the jail.


The Boulder County Jail booking room consists of 4 holding cells, five-officer workstations, one
finger print machine and one Tiburon Image Photo System “TIPS”. The Boulder County
Sheriff’s Office, 13 Courts, 9 municipalities, CU Police and the Colorado State Patrol use the
Boulder jail for their arrestees.

Deputy’s and Law Enforcement Technicians working in the booking area are generally senior
staff with a good working knowledge of state statues, court proceedings; warrant arrests and the
ability to evaluate new arrestees for possible medical or mental health problems.

New arrestees are brought into the intake garage at the jail, searched for contraband and assessed
by booking staff. This initial assessment includes a brief medical and mental health assessment
(including possible suicidal thoughts or past attempts) and prior incarceration. This information
is helpful and part of the classification process when determining where we house inmates.
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After the arresting agency completes their
arrest report the arrestee is entered into the
jail’s computer management system
(Tiburon). Arrestees are then fingerprinted,
screened by the jail medical personal,
pictured and dressed into the back of the
jail. If an arrestee’s charges permit, a Bond
Commissioner, who works for the Courts,
also interviews them for bond. This is done
in an attempt to have a bond set prior to the
next first appearance court date.

Booking Deputies are responsible for
booking room security, booking of arrestees
and their charges, obtaining mug shot and      Figure 12 – (L-R)Sgt. Tim Kellison, BPD Officer, Matt
fingerprints, processing bonds and releasing     Heltemes, Rafael Avina, Henry Trujillo and Diana
inmates from jail upon the posting of bonds
or after their sentences are completed. Booking deputies also check for active warrants prior to
an inmate leaving the jail.

Information on a number of resources is available to inmates being released, i.e. location of local
shelters, bus tokens, taxi vouchers, and general information that may assist an inmate after they
are released from custody.

Jail Court / Transport Team

                                                     This Team is responsible for insuring the
                                                     appearance of in-custody inmates to Boulder
                                                     County and District Courts, located at the
                                                     Criminal Justice Center (CJC), the Jail, and
                                                     the Boulder County Courthouse in
                                                     Longmont. Many of these inmates are
                                                     located in other county jails, Department of
                                                     Corrections (DOC) facilities, and hospitals
                                                     throughout the state, and must be transported
                                                     to our facility.

                                                     In order to save man-hours, wear on vehicles,
                                                     and fuel, the Boulder County Jail cooperates
                                                     with Transports Across Colorado (TAC).
 Figure 13 – (L-R) Sgt. Ron Kaundart, Sheree Hanson,
                                                     TAC is comprised of other agencies
                  and Saria Maggard
                                                     throughout the state that will transport some
of our inmates to a central hub, which is the Jefferson County Jail, meet us at other facilities, or
bring them directly to us if they are in this area. In return, we will transport inmates for other
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agencies on Writs of Habeas Corpus and warrants to Jefferson County, meet them at other
facilities, or take them to their facility if we are going to be near there.

Last year alone, the Transport Team moved a total of 1,660 adult and 12 juvenile inmates and
traveled a total of 45,586 miles. The combined cost of salary and fuel for the year was
approximately $82,574.60. By cooperating in TAC we cut down transport miles by 80,316, and
man-hours by 3,291. The total cost in salary and fuel savings for 2009 was approximately

The Boulder County Jail Transport Team also cooperates with the North West Shuttle in moving
offenders wanted in other states through Colorado. In collaboration with other Front Range
agencies, we move 3 to 6 inmates from our facility to Lusk or Torrington, Wyoming once a
month. Our participation in moving these offenders, and having our offenders brought to us,
provides a substantial savings to the Extradition Unit.

The Boulder County Jail Reception Area is comprised of one Administrative LET supervisor,
one LET II, and one LET. The primary areas of responsibility include management of the
inventory of office supplies and business equipment (faxes, copiers, and printers), as well as calls
for maintenance and repair. Reception also handles all incoming visitors to the facility - both
professional and personal. Mail and packages are handled by reception, and the LET II writes
checks for all bonds to jurisdictions outside of Boulder County.   In 2009, reception handled:

   •   Professional visitors: 7,240
   •   Public visitors (of inmates): 13,691
   •   Incoming mail: 32,069
   •   Incoming packages: 1,539
   •   Outgoing mail: 40,617
   •   Out of jurisdiction bonds: 737

Warrants and Extraditions Unit

This unit enters all felony, and domestic violence warrants
for the County, Lyons, and Superior in the Tiburon data
system. In addition warrants are entered into CCIC and
NCIC where appropriate. This unit also monitors warrants
for inmates in custody and assures that all Sheriff’s Office
warrants are managed correctly. Extraditions are managed        Figure 14 - Warrant Officer Kim
through this division as well. Coordination with the
District Attorney’s Office, North West Shuttle services, outside agencies, and officer’s assigned
extraditions, are made with our Warrants and Extradition unit. Additional duties are performed
by this unit in managing Correctional offender data who reside in the community, entering data
for inmates who are foreign born, purging miscellaneous data from the booking files before
going over to Records, posting the released inmate checks onto the bank positive pay system and
putting these checks into Quicken.
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        New warrants received: 9,932
        Total dispositioned: 5,038
        Extraditions completed: 40
         o By Air: 30
         o Cost by Air: $41,486
         o By Ground: 4
         o Cost by Ground: $1,311
         o By NWS: 6
         o NWS Savings: $5,427
         o Total Cost Air/Ground: $42,797

Medical Unit

This unit provides for medical and mental
health services for all inmates within the jail.
This unit is staffed 24/7 by Registered Nurse’s
and LPN’s. The nurses complete medical
intake screens on each inmate who is booked
into the jail. These screens consist of a
medical history; addressing mental health
issues, and assesses the potential for suicidal
efforts. Special health needs are documented
and addressed by the jail physician if needed.
Nursing staff may initiate specific medical
protocols, if the assessment indicates that
these are appropriate. Medications are passed
to inmates three times per day. The med Figure 15 – (L-R) Patti Booth, Revada Farnsworth and
                                                                  Kate DeWitt.
passes occur in the housing modules at 0730,
1400 hours and 1930 hours. Approximately 61% of the inmate population receives medications,
with psychotropic medication representing 39% of the pharmaceutical budget in the jail. The
average monthly cost for pharmaceuticals in the jail YTD is $10,185/mo., resulting in an average
monthly cost of $21.90 per inmate. Over the past year, the jail’s pharmaceutical budget for
mental health and psychotropic drugs was augmented by the supply of sample meds from the
BCMHC. The receipt of these no cost drugs from the pharmaceutical companies represented a
significant impact on the county dollars spent on mental health medications.

Diabetic rounds are made at 0400 hours, 1100, 1600 and 2200 hours daily. The nursing staff
provides sick call two times daily at 1400 hours and 2230 hours. An average of 20 sick calls are
addressed on a daily basis. Kites are completed by inmates regarding medical issues and are
submitted through the module officer. The jail physician is available for Doctor Rounds two
times per week. The physician sees an average of 16 inmates per clinic. The nursing staff
responds to medical calls within the jail and triages medical issues over the telephone or radio.
Emergency equipment is located in the Medical Unit and in Building C.

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Mental Health services are available to inmates through the Medical Unit. There are five mental
health counselors who provide crisis and evaluation services in the jail from 0700 hours to 1900
hours daily. A Boulder Mental Health Center liaison is present in the jail two partial days per
week. The liaison provides support for the mental counselors and conducts various inmate group
therapy sessions as well. A registered nurse is assigned to facilitate the mental health clinics and
provides a critical link between medical and mental health services. Referrals to mental health
are made by deputies, nursing staff, the medical physician or by the inmates themselves. There
is a Psychiatrist in the jail one morning per week and a psychiatric nurse practitioner available
two hours per week. Inmates with suspicious mental status are placed on specific suicide
protocol. During 2009, the mental health counselors evaluated 1,183 inmates and 333 inmates
were placed on suicide precautions. Crisis team evaluation is required for emergency
hospitalization. The mental health team manages all psychiatric issues within the jail.

Dental services are available through the Medical unit. Basic and preventative dental care is the
primary focus of the dental clinic. The dentist is available in the jail two mornings per week. In
2009, the dentist saw an average of 2.5 inmates per dental clinic. The inmate must complete a
kite request for the dental services.          In addition to the dentist, a certified dental
assistant/hygienist is available to see inmates for preventative care, dental teaching and to
provide screening service for the dentist. The dental hygienist saw an average of 5 inmates per
clinic day, in addition to the inmates seen with the dentist.

There is a cost to inmates for medical services. A physician visit results in a $10 debt charged to
the inmate account. If the inmate receives a prescription, there is a $5 debt per prescription, per
month placed against their account. Inmates are charged $2 per kite that results in a nurse visit
or nursing intervention. A mental health evaluation with the psychiatric provider or a dental visit
with the dentist results in a $5 charge per visit. There is no charge for evaluation or treatment by
the dental hygienist.


Jail Training: The Training section of the jail had begun the implementation of two major
programs during the final quarter of 2008. Those programs were the Jail kiosk systems and the
Gurad1 Timekeeping system. These programs were designed to improve two of the more
laborious processes within the jail and to make both more efficient and effective.

The kiosks proved to be beneficial to the Department by eliminating errors within our money
tracking systems and allowing staff to focus on their duties. The public benefited by these kiosks
by less waiting time at the jail to add money to their friends and family’s jail accounts, bonding
these individuals out, and by having the ability to do either of these by Internet to save time and
money from having to travel to the jail to complete this. The new kiosk systems showed that we
collected over $1.8 million dollars in inmate funds and over $1 million dollars in bond money.

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The Training section has also been the overseer of the Jail
Computerized Statistical Analysis Report gathering system.
All employee training data is recorded on this report in
addition to information collected by the various units within
the Jail Division, some of which has been noted in this year-
end report. Training Records include: Character First
Videos, Essential Job Demand testing, In-Service Training,
ICS Training, Red Line Policy Tests, Guard 1 Training,
Supervisor Training, and any other specialized training

All employee shift schedules are compiled in our CompStat
report that reflects work assignments, sick calls, overtime
use, vacation schedules, etc. From these reports the Training
Sergeant facilitates a monthly Jail Management Team
review of our staffing patterns and overtime use, where
strategies are employed to reduce cost wherever possible.       Figure 16 - Jail Staff appear on the
                                                                cover of Character First Magazine
Alternative Sentence Programs

                                                    These programs (Supervised by Sgt. Sandra
                                                    Nelson) provide offenders with the
                                                    opportunity to serve their jail sentence
                                                    outside of the security confinement of the
                                                    main jail.      These programs provide
                                                    offenders with the ability to maintain their
                                                    present     employment,       seek      new
                                                    employment, attend educational classes in
                                                    the community, provide for community
                                                    service when needed and address family
                                                    and personal needs. These programs have
                                                    also been extremely effective in reducing
                                                    jail overcrowding and dramatically
                                                    lowering the cost to the taxpayers. In 2009
                                                    the Boulder District Courts started some
                                                    new programs referred to as the Adult
                                                    Integrated Treatment Court and DUI
                                                    Integrated Treatment Court (ROC). These
                                                    programs placed new responsibilities on the
                                                    jail program supervisors to try new
                                                    strategies in gaining compliance with
                                                     offenders who were sentenced under these
      Figure 17 - Alternative Sentencing Entrance    programs. The goal is to improve the
success of substance abuse offenders in reintegrating back into the community. Most of these
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offenders start the program in the Jail Work Release module and progress to a community-based

The following Alternative Sentence programs are provided by the Boulder County Jail:

The Work Release program (Supervised by Deputy Leah Cavin and Deputy Alex Huggins)
allows an inmate to continue working while satisfying a jail sentence. The offender pays a
weekly fee for living in the jail or a community treatment center. They must report to the jail or
treatment center after work and remain there, unless excused by jail or treatment center staff to
attend programs, etc. Most offenders who are on the Work Release program are sentenced
directly from the courts. Work Release collected a total of $196,165 in fees for the year of 2009.
There was a refund of $3,401 for this year. The Total Work Release deposit was $192,765.

       •   Total Active Clients: 1,324
       •   Total Sentence Completions: 421
       •   Successful Completions: 327 (77%)
       •   Average Daily Population: 40

The Work Crew program (Supervised by Deputy Sandy Long) was designed to allow those
inmates serving a sentence to complete the sentence on weekends or weekdays by working under
the supervision of jail personnel. Offenders report to the jail and spend the day performing
specific tasks assigned to them by jail personnel at locations within the county. Inmates are not
housed overnight. Offenders in this program report to the jail at 6:30 am and are released around
4:00 pm each day. Most of these offenders are sentenced directly from the courts.

       •   Total Active Clients: 1072
       •   Total Sentence Completions: 536
       •   Successful Completions: 394 (74%)
       •   Average Weekly Population: 10

The Day Reporting program (Supervised by Deputy Sandy Long) is a non-residential jail
sentence which allows participants to stay at home, as long as they meet all of the Day Reporting
Center selection criteria. The DRC includes monitoring, treatment, employment and daily
contact. Participants must submit written itineraries on a daily and weekly basis. They must pay
their own fees on a weekly basis. This program is viewed as providing close supervision, case
management, and treatment in a manner that keeps offenders employed and is less expensive for
the community. Work Release inmates are often transitioned into this program prior to the
completion of their sentence.

       •   Total Active Clients: 652
       •   Total Sentence Completions: 238
       •   Successful Completions: 187 (79%)
       •   Average Daily Population: 38

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The Home Detention program (Supervised by Deputy Rick Lawson and Carol Zamora)
provides for the offender to remain confined in their home or other approved residence. They
are allowed to leave their residence for employment, therapy and medical treatment. They
adhere to a strict schedule and are randomly tested in their home for drugs and alcohol use. The
inmate uses electronic bracelets to ensure schedule compliance and to detect any unauthorized
activity. These offenders are sentenced to this program directly through court.

       •   Total Active Clients: 594
       •   Total Sentence Completions: 224
       •   Successful Completions: 199 (89%)
       •   Average Daily Population: 32

The Jail Crew Boss Unit provides the opportunity for inmates to perform work in the
community while serving their jail sentence. These inmates reside within the jail and are
supervised by jail Crew Boss staff while working on various community projects. The jail
provides this inmate labor force for the County recycling plant, the City of Boulder, Boulder
County Facilities, the Boulder County Fair, the Humane Society, Sister Carmen’s Center and
many other non-profit entities in the county.

       •   Total Community Workers assigned: 6,450
       •   Total Inmate Hours Worked: 64,500
       •   Total Hours of Inmate Labor for County Fair: 920

The Boulder County Jail Garden serves as a Community
project where several volunteer Master Gardner’s from the
community donate their time to assist inmates in learning
gardening skills and growing produce for the Boulder County
Jail. This project saves considerable dollars to help keep the
jail food expenses within budget. The volume of produce
grown exceeds what the jail can consume, so produce is also
dispersed to Community Food Share. The Food Services
unit of the jail also dumps its food waste in composter’s,
which recycles food waste to provide garden fertilizer.

           •   Total Pounds of Produce grown: 16,213
                                                                 Figure 18 - Entrance to the Jail
Support Services/Programs                                                    garden

The Boulder County Jail offers numerous programs to assist inmates during the reintegration
back to the community and into post-incarceration. The Transition from Jail to Community
(TJC) Re-Entry Program, developed using a National Institute of Corrections (NIC) model,
continues to mature and is now receiving national recognition. In fact, NIC representatives
visited the jail in the past year to assist staff with continued expansion of the program.
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The jail has partnered with many active community
organizations, developed focus groups in several areas,
including housing/community services, employment,
mental health/recovery and faith-based services and
holds regular meetings with all of these groups to further
the program.

This most recent move toward Transition and Re-Entry
was developed around jail-based interventions to help
inmates reduce recidivism, substance abuse and
homelessness, while improving their health, increasing
opportunities for employment upon release and fostering
better family relationships. While these are extremely
challenging issues to deal with, the jail is beginning to
see changes in many of the long-term, repeat offenders.
                                                                 Figure 19 - Sgt Tim Oliveira
This program was set in motion with the collaboration of several community organizations,
which contribute generous amounts of personnel, time, and other resources to achieving the
established goals. While still a work in progress, Transition/Re-Entry underscores the impact
that such a strategy can have with inmates in reducing the cycle of incarceration.

The vast majority of classes being offered in the Re-Entry Program are available in the Phoenix
and Transition housing units, as well as a growing number in the Women’s units.

While the jail is predominantly male, we strive to afford equal programming access to females.
The list of programs and available classes are too numerous to index here, but most are evidence-
based and taught by well-qualified instructors from various segments of the community.

With the prevalence of the substance abuse issues among inmates, there are many programs
available to assess, treat and educate inmates regarding the use of alcohol and drugs.

Phoenix Coordinator

One highly successful and long-running program is the Phoenix Module. The same coordinator,
Stamie Minor, has been involved with this program for nineteen years and that commitment and
stability have resulted in unparalleled success. A comprehensive approach to substance abuse in
a no-nonsense environment has lead to a challenging, life-altering experience for numerous
participants. This long-standing, showcase program has been replicated by other correctional

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The availability of religious programming from
a number of faith-based organizations is
important to our inmate population. We
provide several non-denominational Bible
studies, but inmates of any recognized religion
have access to leaders of their faith. The jail
also has a designated Chaplain to assist in this

Overall, our programming is sound and serves
the needs of Boulder County. Our strong
collaborative partnership with numerous
organizations brings together countless benefits
for the entire community.

                                                    Figure 20 - Phoenix Coordinator Stamie Minor

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