Senator Gail Schwartz (Senate District 5) reports receiving a number of letters from area citizens after a recent article in the DCI entitled, "Prisons targeted in state budget review."
"This article helped bring to my attention the situation of the Delta Correctional Center's placement on the list to be reviewed by the Governor's Office of State Planning and Budget," she said this week.
"While this evaluation process could lead to a potential closure of the facility, the process has only just begun and no decisions have been made at this time.
"In an effort to be proactive, I have requested that the Colorado Department of Local Affairs engage with the Department of Corrections going forward to ensure a transparent and equitable process. I understand that the Delta Correctional Center and the surrounding community are closely linked. At my recent town hall in Hotchkiss, we discussed at length the contributions and programs the citizens of Delta are providing to support the inmates, like the prison ministry program. Also, the inmate work force is a valuable asset to the county and local agriculture community. Most importantly, the correctional facility is a significant job provider as the prison employs 138 Delta residents. These issues are an important factor to be considered in any prison evaluation."
She promises to engage with the facility and with the Governor's Office of Planning and Budgeting as the process moves forward.