Ritter: Crime Package Could Help Cut Prison Costs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Bill Ritter says Colorado could save millions of dollars by reducing the number of felons who commit new crimes and go back to jail.

Ritter told the Colorado Criminal and Juvenile Justice Commission yesterday that his proposal could save taxpayers $380 million over five years, including $336 million by eliminating the need to expand a prison in Trinidad.

Ritter says his package will be part of his proposed budget for next year, which will be revealed Sunday.

Ritter proposes 12 programs including prevention services for young offenders, substance-abuse treatment and offender education.

He says the estimated cost next year is $10.6 million.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by db Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 2, 2008 at 07:51 PM
    Kay, we often disagree, but I totally agree with you on this. However, when it comes to pedophiles, I think Dan has the right idea.
  • by Dan Location: Colorado Springs on Oct 31, 2008 at 12:54 PM
    I have an even cheaper solution that roughly costs $.70 per felon. There is no need for housing them once convicted the first time and there certainly is no cost for a repeat offender. I might cave-in and compromise to allow them to stay in jail during the appeal process.
  • by Kay Location: Co Sprgs on Oct 31, 2008 at 08:05 AM
    This would be a great idea except where pedophiles are concerned. I don't think education helps there and they need to have the key thrown away.
  • by JC Location: C/S on Oct 31, 2008 at 07:58 AM
    Hey, what's up with the title? Can't you guys afford a proof-reader?
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