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Monday, November 11, 2013

Governor Hickenlooper pushes parole funding increase

the denver post

Gov. John Hickenlooper wants to increase spending on parole operations by 25 percent in the next fiscal year — a move that could lead to more parole officers, an overhaul of re-entry services and more treatment for parolees.
The governor's proposed state budget would increase parole spending by $10 million to bring the total amount spent up to $49.4 million.
In budget documents, officials with the Colorado Department of Corrections said they still are forming a plan to spend the proposed funding.
"Division resources, structure, and operations, in some instances, are not properly positioned to manage the significant risk inherent with the parole population," department officials state in the documents.
They add: "Current facility/re-entry preparation is inadequate to ameliorate offenders sufficiently to meet the demands of parole."
Steve Hager, interim director of the parole division, declined requests for comment. Corrections spokesman Roger Hudson said Hager is waiting until plans for spending the money are finalized. Officials hope the final plan will be ready for submission to the legislature by Jan. 15, Hudson said.
"We're very interested to see what they come up with," said State Sen. Pat Steadman, a Denver Democrat who is chairman of the Joint Budget Committee, which recommends funding priorities for the legislature. Lawmakers must approve any funding increase before it becomes final.

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