Thursday, June 6, 2013

Public Meeting

Public meeting to discuss potential closing of LCF

 The question of whether the Limon Correctional Facility will remain open will be discussed at a community meeting to be held next Monday, June 10 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Limon High School’s cafeteria.

The meeting is being sponsored by the Colorado Departments of Local Affairs and Corrections and the Governor's Offices of Economic Development & International Trade and State Planning & Budgeting. Its stated purpose is to  discuss the State of Colorado's plan to “appropriately utilizing state prisons and assisting communities which may be adversely impacted by potential prison closures in the future.”

Because of a variety of factors, Colorado's prison population has been declining in recent years. This has created an excess number of prison beds.

In 2012, the Colorado General Assembly commissioned the Prison Utilization Study which directed the Department of Corrections to conduct a system-wide analysis that identifies the most appropriate and cost-effective uses of the available public and private inmate beds. Pursuant to that statute, the Office of State Planning and Budgeting is working with the legislature's Joint Budget Committee to develop a plan to move forward.

In a press release about next Monday’s meeting in Limon, the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) said the state government recognizes recognizes that closing of prisons can have an adverse impact upon the communities where they are located.

“The State is very aware of the important role many of these prisons play in local economies,” stated the DOLA press release. “We are committed to doing everything we can to minimize potential adverse impacts caused by changes in prison use and mitigate unavoidable impacts. In the most recent legislative session, the General Assembly approved funding for a proactive partnership between the Department of Local Affairs and Office of Economic Development and International Trade to engage impacted communities in a comprehensive effort to diversify local economies; we will also discuss this opportunity as part this upcoming community meeting.”

Next Monday’s 90-minute meeting in the Limon High School’s cafeteria will include representatives from each of the hosting entities.

“This will allow plenty of time for questions from and open discussion,” the DOLA press release stated. “We hope you can join us for this discussion.”

Those wanting to RSVP or have any questions about the event may contact Linda Rice of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs at or (303) 866-6249.

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