State parole savings pays poor and struggling Aurora, Colorado Springs neighborhoods

Aurora and Colorado Springs will receive $1.5 million each annually over the next three years to fund community-based programs intended to reduce the crime rate. The two cities will also each receive $500,000 annually for a micro-lending program designed to spur economic activity in the designated areas.

“Corrections is expensive. It costs about $35,000 a year to keep somebody locked up inside. (It costs) $6,000 or $7,000 to send someone to community college for a year,” Aurora Rep. Mike Weissman said during a town hall meeting on his support for the bill. “There is a cost when we impose the sanction of criminal law on people. Sometimes we need to do it but we need to be thoughtful in how we do it and that’s what this bill is about.”

State parole savings pays poor and struggling Aurora, Colorado Springs neighborhoods

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