Letter from the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and County Sheriff to Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock sent a letter to Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman to ensure he understood Douglas County’s approach to management of individuals released from Douglas County Jail who do not have transportation. Here is an excerpt from the letter attached below:

“One of the contributing factors to the growth of homelessness is the lack of public transportation in Castle Rock. This is a problem for the 76.59% (January – May 2022) of those released from our county jail – in Castle Rock – who are not from Douglas County and do not have transportation options to return to their home community or the community to which they have ties.

To address this specific cause of homelessness in our community, we have created an extension of our prison reintegration program by providing transportation to released inmates. The goal of the program is to reintegrate inmates with connected resources that will allow for a continuum of care and the best chance for individual success while reducing criminal recidivism. The Reintegration Assistant works proactively on individual relocation solutions. Through ongoing collaboration, community partners address these needs to include mental health, addictions, veterans services and homelessness.

read the letter

Learn more about the Douglas County Homelessness Initiative online.

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