Mesa County Community Corrections provides custody, security, and rehabilitation services to sentenced offenders, ensuring the opportunity for clients to maintain employment. This enables them to pay room and board costs, restitution, court fines, family support, treatment fees, medical costs and taxes. For example, from 2007 to 2011 Mesa County Community Corrections clients earned over 13 million dollars in net income, paying over $1.6 million dollars in restitution, over $2.5 million dollars in taxes, and over $530,000 was garnishing for family/child support. Diversion clients are referred to the program from District Court in lieu of a sentence to prison, thus the “diversion” title, as they diverted from prison to this program.
Transition offenders are referred to the program from the State Department of Corrections after completing some of their sentence in prison. Community Corrections also has good outcomes when compared to prisons, with an approximate 25% recidivism rate statewide, which is much better than prison outcomes. Client who perform well in Community Corrections are transitioned to a Non-Residential program, in which their monitoring continues in the community. If they perform poorly and violate program condition, they may be regressed to jail and prison.