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Update: Jeffco commissioners heed neighbors, kill plan to build halfway house near fairgrounds

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Update: Early yesterday morning, we told you about a Jefferson County group opposed to a plan to build a halfway house near the Jeffco fairgrounds; see our previous coverage below.

Shortly after our post went live, members of the organization spoke to a Board of County Commissioners meeting -- and before long, officials decided not to move forward with a plan to build the facility on the controversial site.

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Opponents near the proposed site.
As we reported, the halfway house would have had a 250-bed capacity, with residents likely to have included dozens of sex offenders among other violators. However, the folks with the Coalition for a Safe Fairgrounds felt the site was inappropriate due to its placement in a suburban neighborhood heavily populated with kids and near parks, schools, trails and an animal shelter.

Their argument quickly hit the sweet spot. Here's a Jefferson County release posted after the commissioners' meeting:

County Suspends Consideration of Site Near Fairgrounds for Community Corrections Location

Jefferson County has been reviewing a property along the W. Sixth Avenue Frontage Road near the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and Foothills Animal Shelter for the possible relocation of its Community Corrections program. However, following feedback from the public, the Jefferson County Commissioners today directed the County Administrator not to pursue that property further.

The Community Corrections program in Jefferson County has a long history of safely and successfully assisting residents to transition back into their Jefferson County neighborhoods following their involvement with the criminal justice system. Residents in the Community Corrections program are closely monitored and learn valuable job skills and experience that enables them to become self supporting and to support their families.

The Commissioners remain committed to the Community Corrections program, which has been proven to be very effective. A meeting that had been scheduled for June 25 to discuss the site near the fairgrounds will not be held.

We asked Coalition spokeswoman Amy Sears for her reaction to this development. Here's her response, delivered via e-mail.

"[Yesterday] morning at the Commissioners' weekly public hearing, about fifty Jeffco residents attended, and about 20-25 voiced their deep concern," she writes. "Within a couple of hours, we got word that this site was no longer on the table. We are elated that the county listened to its people and share a concern for the safety of its citizens. It goes to show how important two-way communication is between government and its residents -- we weren't even scheduled to discuss this with them until June 25th and we already have the answer we wanted."

Continue for our previous coverage of protests over a proposed Jefferson County halfway house, including additional photos.



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Britni Sumpter
Britni Sumpter

No one wants a halfway house in their neighborhood, and there is no neighborhood that is devoid of children. Just because you are a snobby rich brat doesn't mean your kids are more important than mine. The thing needs to be built, and there is not a 'good' place for it. These men are only being allowed in a halfway house because they have proven that they can be rehabilitated. Most repeat crimes won't happen in the halfway house anyway, they will happen once they are out and on their own again.. and then they will be in your neighborhood, and mine, weather we want them to be or not. That's when I will worry, not when they are being monitored.

Amanda Goffena
Amanda Goffena

Why would you even build a halfway house specifically for sex offenders?

Amanda Goffena
Amanda Goffena

Of course they have a point. Who would want to live next door to a house full of sex offenders?

gumptionhummingbird
gumptionhummingbird

I hate to break it to them. Most sex offenders don't get caught.  Having been molested  by a relative who was only caught later in life and got a handslap, I'm no fan of sex offenders. However,the parents are being naiive thinking they're protecting their children. I can see them getting all angry "Oh, not in MY neighborhood."


Meanwhile should be more concerned about Uncle Steve and his treats or their pastors.



Jessica Moore
Jessica Moore

I honestly wouldn't be happy because I have a little girl to protect. I get that they have to live somewhere. Just don't put them near me.

Laura Chrisler-Matheney
Laura Chrisler-Matheney

Sorry, but there is no cure for a sex offender! Other types if felons may have a chance at a new life... But a person who is if a sexually deviant nature and has preyed upon children and has committed these kinda of offenses can not be helped and should not be allowed to breathe air!

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

All types of offenders go to halfway houses, not just those with drug offenses.

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

Mayor Bob does not care. its a business and Lakewood is one of the biggest town whores to give away the store in the name of a tax break.

Dustin Friend
Dustin Friend

So, this is planned to go into my neighborhood, right next to the fairgrounds, the animal shelter, all kinds of places where kids and families are. They say they need access to public transportation, but why can't they put it away from places like this? How about right next to the county courthouse that has its OWN light rail stop? Or in a commercial district, where people don't live? Anyway, they tried to put it in our neighborhood only a quarter mile from a elementary school last time, and that didn't work for them either.

YoMama
YoMama

I thought Jefferson County and Boulder were all about holding hands, drinking Coke, and singing Kumbaya!  Let the Perv's have their halfway house.  The police are only a 20 minute response away...

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

This is a no. Child sex offenders near children is a fail.

Kyla Cangemi
Kyla Cangemi

I'd support it 100%. Sorry, but I don't believe in throwing human beings away if there's a chance their lives can be transformed for the better.

Rachel Vela
Rachel Vela

Yiip! Right across the street in a brand new community. Crazy that some people can be ok with this.

Mark Oinen
Mark Oinen

well you could react by actively supporting people trying to make a change in their lives. Or you could shun them.

Sarah Trento
Sarah Trento

Rachel Vela isn't this what happened to where your parents wanted to build the land?!

Mike Renna
Mike Renna

Since when are halfway houses for sex offenders? I've only seen them for drug addicts

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

I think he was referring to violent sex offenders and yes, they should much tougher sentences.

Janenne Chambers
Janenne Chambers

I live near the iccs (halfway house) near Casa Bonita. The residents cause NO problems. The neighbors in the apartments and condos in the surrounding area, are the cause of ALL of the problems here.

Damon Medina
Damon Medina

5.5 million vs 14-15 million cheaper to rebuild the current location. Another thing why pick such a location with 59 other possibilities. Oh out of 60 possible locations lets pick one heavily utilized and populated with children. Rehabilitation is great and if they can find jobs and be viable and respectable members of the community then that's great. Just don't put them in a target rich environment.

William N Gail Widmann
William N Gail Widmann

Id ask why they are not in prison still.... That or maybe testing labs replacing rabbits and such .

Sara Holloway
Sara Holloway

I don't mind. They deserve a second chance. Besides, halfway houses keep pretty close tabs on the people living in them. They aren't allowed to just run amuck.

RL Walking Encyclopedia
RL Walking Encyclopedia

lol wow.. soo you're telling me you've never pissed in a bush? You'd be a sex offender. I guess we should execute you at dawn, right?

Maria P. Fernandez-Yoos
Maria P. Fernandez-Yoos

People need to move if they don't like what's happened in their neighborhood. Everyone is getting too picky about what can and cannot be built or opened near their homes. Or, they should stay indoors and lock their doors and not come out.

cpt.handsome
cpt.handsome

The best suggestion we heard at the hearing this morning was to utilize some space near the Jefferson County buildings they already own, avoiding leasing a property and then handing over a tax payer built building at the end of the lease. Its out of the Lakewood neighborhood,  not at the entryway to another and provides immediate access to public transportation. 



sugareebee
sugareebee

Yes residents do know whose in their neighbor because there is a website that tells you if sex offends live in the area. Why encourage the county to spend double the amount of money building a new facility versus using half the money to renovate the building? Colfax has every resource the criminals need virus's the fairgrounds which has no convenient resourceful businesses or transportation. You also don't see children strolling around Colfax by themselves unlike the several parks and fairgrounds where children constantly forego. It's just a waste of money and land to build another facility.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

Not in my blonde suburban neighborhood....keep them in the inner city.

Vincent Lee Gagliardi
Vincent Lee Gagliardi

Lol. Residents probably don't know who's living in their neighborhoods right now.

Keith A. Badje
Keith A. Badje

They're already next to Casa Bonita...which is basically a children's playground. There are lots of families with children in that area. Have they talked to people in that neighborhood about the effects on crime? I never knew it was there, which is a pretty good sign.

Angie Eddy
Angie Eddy

Sound good but NOT for sex offenders they can all rot

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

People will never be happy. They don't want offenders living in their neighborhood (but, guess what, they are already are). They don't want to pay to keep them incarcerated but then complain when they are in the community. Here's the deal: we can't keep people in prison forever. Helping them transition back into the community (or helping them gain structure in the community rather than face a prison sentence) makes sense, fiscally and morally. If you put them in the middle of nowhere they will have no ability to attend vocational and education programs and then there is no point.

Terrah Burton
Terrah Burton

Just keep putting them in my neighborhood, the inner city people don't matter.

Brandon Malone
Brandon Malone

The facility they are at is just fine. Rehab the original building by having the inmates help make the restorations.

Hilary Hellums
Hilary Hellums

Yeah, I'm all for trying to re-hab those who truly desire to make a clean break and start anew with their lives but this seems a tad too close to many activities where children are present. I would have to say NO as well.

Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

Sex offenders do not need a halfway house...they need a bullet in the head.

Barney Dunwell
Barney Dunwell

There should be special zoning for shit like that.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so don't live next to a church ... or any other conservative Republican hangout.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you realize that no matter where they LIVE, they can still travel to and visit YOUR neighborhood.


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

How about in your basement Kyl?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues  


Seeing child porn in innocent pictures is the sign of a very sick and twisted mind.  I bet you are one one the perverts looking for a home.  

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