Colorado’s new corrections director, Tom Clements, is proposing nearly $10 million in cuts to help the state balance its budget next year, reports the Pueblo Chieftain. The largest cut of $3 million would be to academic and vocational programs, eliminating 41.5 jobs. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s budget proposal suggests suspending GED programs, social science programs, and the potential closure of career, technical education and vocational training programs.
“These reductions may alter the culture within correctional facilities and their potential safety. It may also impact offenders' ability for successfully re-entry into society,” says the proposal. The next deepest proposed cut, for a net savings of $2.9 million, is the closing of Fort Lyon Correctional Facility. That would eliminate 148 jobs; workers may be able to shift to other facilities.