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Walls crumble, sewage backs up, inmates crowd into pods while the staff struggles to provide basic mental and behavioral health assistance inside the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office jail. The Detention Facility was built in 1986 to hold 386 inmates. But routinely, there are about three times that, some 1,100 inmates. They’re triple-bunked making tempers flare, sparking violence and putting officers in danger. Crowding is just one concern. Consider this:
The solution lives at the intersection of doing what we can as a county to divert low-level offenders from jail, investing in new facilities that are safer and more efficient, and enhancing programs that work to keep people from ending up in jail again. Creating safe, modern criminal justice and judicial facilities will result in the best outcomes and make the most efficient use of funding.
KMGH 7News: Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office: Jail is at a crisis point, need for a new one is urgent
KDVR FOX31 News: Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office says need for a new jail is urgent, cites safety and overcrowding