DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Sheriff David A. Weaver
4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
CONTACT #1: Sergeant Ron Hanavan, Public Information Officer, 303-814-7089
CONTACT #2: Deborah Sherman, DSherman@DCSheriff.net, 303.814.7067
RELEASE DATE: 09/12/12 RELEASE TIME: 3.00 pm
WHAT: Douglas County kicks off Justice Center expansion to improve public safety. The renovation is being funded by voter approved dedicated sales tax revenue.
NARRATIVE: Douglas County Facilities Managers and Sheriff’s Office Commanders have kept a close eye on County growth and its relation to increased crime, calls for service, inmate populations, court caseloads and Justice Center Facility use over the past two decades. These issues as well as increases in site security needs and parking spurred a Facility Master Plan study in 2010. This study looked at renovation and expansion of the County’s justice center to address serious concerns about facilities for inmates with mental illness, inmates with medical issues, ADA requirements, overall site security as well as lack of parking for staff and department assets.
The most current expansion, launched in August of 2012, is the product of those studies as well as the most recent assessment done in 2011 which focused on special populations in the Detention Facility to include medical, mental health and, ADA needs as well as site security and parking issues.
- Building of a parking garage to take care of current secured space shortages and future space and security needs for equipment as well as judicial staff.
- Building of a specific unit to house and treat special populations, medical, mental health, and intake, as well as make room for more females and segregation of female special populations
- Reconfiguration and repurposing of existing housing areas to provide for ADA requirements, plumbing issues and other internal space remodel needs.
- Enhance site security, ingress and egress issues, landscaping and drainage issues.
The project is expected to cost approximately $25 million, funded by the Justice Center Sales tax approved by voters in 1995 and extended in 2007.
The dedicated funds used for these expansions have come from that sales tax paid for by, not only Douglas County citizens, but an estimated 65% of non-citizens who shop in Douglas County. Ironically, this percentage is not that far different from the Detentions Center average non-resident inmate population of approximately 50-60%.
“We are being careful stewards of dedicated taxpayer money, working methodically with a big-picture plan to make the Justice Center safer for the citizens who visit, the employees who work here, and the inmates committed to our care.” Chief Holly Nicholson-Kluth, Administrative Services Bureau, said. “Increases over the last several years in our special populations of inmates including those who are mentally ill, medically ill as well as our female inmate population have caused us to take a look at our facility.” Kluth said.
Douglas County has been one of the fastest growing counties in the United States during the time period between 1990 and 2005. The vision of the Robert A. Christensen Justice Center emerged in the early 1990’s due to overcrowding, inadequate facilities and liability issues relating to Douglas County Sheriff detention and Douglas County court facilities. Subsequently, a public effort to fund such a center using a sales tax initiative passed in 1995 and was extended in 2007 by voters.
Since then, the Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with Douglas County Facilities has used a cautious approach in the use of those funds for expansions. Careful study, projections and research which were conducted using two different firms during three times of extreme growth or change have helped to guide that approach resulting in several expansions in courts, Detention Center pods and parking and site upgrades over that time period.
Vicky Starkey, County Facilities Director stated “The Master Plan gives us a comprehensive way to meet the challenges that have been identified over the last several years and rather than do short term mitigation of the issues, this initiative is more efficient and ultimately will save money in the long run.”
The jail holds minimum, medium and maximum-security inmates.
Sheriff Commanders, County Facility Managers, Swinerton Builders, Klipp in association with RicciGreene Assoc., Wember Owner Representatives and consultants make up the team that began to meet after the Board of County Commissioners approved the project in early August.
EXPLORE a timeline from the 1900’s through today’s renovation and expansion of the Robert A. Christensen Justice Center. Complete with photos, studies, plans, assessments and budgets.