I wish someone would go talk to residents at all the halfway houses in the state. If we intend to reduce recidivism we often need to start with the gatekeepers themselves. It's really a shame, The Villa has been around for 25 years or more and it's one of the only places in Colorado that someone without money could go when they needed treatment instead of going to or after being released from prison.
GREELEY – 9NEWS has obtained a copy of a state report that details a series of problems at The Villa, a halfway house in Greeley. The problems range from untrained staff to case managers having sexual relationships with offenders.
The report is the result of an investigation conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Safety last year.
Among many troubling issues, the state found broken showers, leaky ceilings, missing paperwork and evidence that some case managers were having sex with offenders.
In all, the report said, "A total of 79 percent of the areas surveyed were rated as either 'Needs Improvement' or 'Unsatisfactory.'"
The Villa, which can house around 200 people, is supposed to help offenders who may benefit from a residential program as opposed to prison. It's also is supposed provide drug treatment. However, the report shows the facility is struggling to do its job.
"We remain concerned," wrote Carl Blesch, manager of the Office of Community Corrections, in a letter to The Villa's director. "The Villa has not been operating at a level of performance equal to that of most community corrections programs."
The Villa's director, Matt Brucklacher, did not want to comment to 9NEWS on the matter.
Several of the offenders staying at the halfway house did.
Erika Rich told 9NEWS many of the problems stem from a high turnover rate among workers.
"We, the clients that have been there for almost a year, can tell them how to do their job because they don't know," she said.
Joe Gonzales says the living conditions are deplorable and problems rarely get addressed by management.
"A lot of things needs to be changed there and I think if they really wanted to do it they would, but to me, it seems like they don't care," he said. "I think they're just out for the money."
The Villa is owned by Avalon Correctional Services, Inc., which is based out of Oklahoma.
On its Web site, Avalon says it owns 14 correctional facilities in four states. In Colorado, Avalon owns The Villa and three facilities in Adams County.