Mesa County Community Corrections provides custody, security, and rehabilitation services to sentenced offenders, ensuring the opportunity for all classification of clients to maintain employment, pay room and board costs, pay restitution, court fines, provide for family support and have access to educational and therapeutic resources.
The objectives of the Program are to provide an adequate level of community safety, deter criminal activities, modify behavior, and rehabilitate sentenced offenders using a variety of residential and non-residential services.
The Program uses a cognitive and behavior modification approach, emphasizing client responsibility, which is focused on developing the client’s desire for self improvement through the use of various incentives that must be consistently earned by the client.
Diversion offenders are referred to this program from District Court in lieu of a sentence to prison. Transition offenders are referred to the program from the State Department of Corrections after completing some of their sentence in prison. Male and female clients are housed in the program which offers an intense level of supervision, treatment referral, and on-site rehabilitation services.
All Offenders are assigned to a Case Manager that will assess and develop the appropriate supervision plans to assist the Offender with addressing his/her criminogenic risk factors, employment, treatment, and transitional needs. The goal is to prepare the Offender for transition back into his/her community and reduce the risk of future criminal behavior.
Female Offenders placed into the Community Corrections program are housed in a separate building and receive gender specific services to include trauma treatment, life skills, parenting skills, family re-integration, in addition to the basic core services.
Community Corrections does provide services and housing for the following specialized populations: Sex Offenders, Domestic Violence Offenders, and Offenders with Mental Health Needs.
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Client Employment Services
Every week, more than 140 Community Corrections clients work over 4,700 hours with more than 100 individual employers within our community. Many community members interact daily with Community Corrections clients in a professional setting. Clients in Community Corrections who find and maintain full time employment are three times more likely to successfully complete their sentence.
Benefits to Employers
Businesses that employ clients from the Community Corrections program could be eligible for Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) can reduce employer federal tax liability up to a $2,400 - $9,000 tax credit per new hire. Attached below are the forms and instructions for this tax credit. Employers may also be eligible to use clients to complete spot jobs or short term work projects. Clients in Community Corrections are required to maintain full time employment, are randomly screened for substance abuse, and are motivated to be successful. For information on available help please call Employment Specialist Nick Brutosky at (970)-244-3895.
Guidelines for Employers
Employers must provide a physical address for the work site the client is working at. They must also provide land-line or cell phone number that the client's supervisor can be reached during all times. Community Corrections staff do complete employment checks by phone and onsite and must be allowed access to the clients work site.
Expectation for Clients
Attached below are the Job Search Guidelines and Employment Guidelines for clients in Community Corrections.
Dick Williams Award:
Every year the Mesa County Criminal Justice Services Board chooses an employer that has gone above and beyond helping our clients and the community. The employer chosen has helped clients reintegrate back into the community by giving them structure and the ability to be self sufficient. Wages paid to Community Corrections clients not only aid in successful reintegration to the community, but also provide money that is paid toward victim's restitution, local, state, and federal taxes, child and family support, and other court ordered costs and fees.
The following are the past years winners of the Dick Williams award:
- 2002 - Pantuso's
- 2003 - Mays Concrete
- 2004 - Western Filament
- 2005 - Grand Junction Steel
- 2006 - Mor-Storage
- 2007 - Pancheros Mexican Grill
- 2008 - Omni Hospital Supply
- 2009 - Shiner's Carwash
- 2010 - Goodwill Industries
Job Workshop Room:
The Job Workshop Room provides on-site resources for clients that are searching for employment. Phones for job search purposes, computers for resumes and cover letter design, and computers with access to the Work Force Center Job Listings are available.
Job Skills Class:
Job search strategy workshops are taught weekly in conjunction with the Work Force Center. Job search tips, application skills, interview skills, and how to present criminal backgrounds to employers are some topics that are covered at these workshops.
If you are an employer needing employees please contact us at your convenience.
Community Resource Specialist
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
Federal law regarding the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) prohibits sexual contact, consensual or otherwise, between clients and/or staff. All inappropriate contact will be reported and responded to according to the law. It is important to ensure the safety of all parties involved in any behavior that can result in trauma.
Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) has a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual assault/rape and sexual misconduct of any type including sexual harassment. Participation in sexual activity on grounds is strictly PROHIBITED and is subject to disciplinary action. Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) has designated a Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Coordinator to oversee, coordinate and monitor compliance with Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Community Confinement standards.
Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) clients have the right to be safe from sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct regardless of whether the client is heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or transgender. Clients have the right to be safe from unwanted sexual advances and acts. Clients also have the right to say “NO” to pressure to engage in any type of sexual activity. In addition, clients have the right to report any sexual attempt and/or sexual assault immediately.
Reports of sexual behavior may be initially investigated by Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) staff. Any incident involving potentially criminal behavior will be immediately forwarded to the Grand Junction Police Department for criminal investigation and possible prosecution.
Reporting Procedures for Sexual Assault/Rape and Sexual Misconduct
To make a confidential report: All staff members are required to keep the reported information confidential, except to report the information to Criminal Justice Services Department (CJSD) Administration. In cases where a client or third party may need to make a confidential report regarding being a victim, witnessing or has knowledge of any incident concerning sexual misconduct, harassment or assault; the client may report the information in writing or verbally in any one of the following ways:
- Speak in person with a staff member or mailing a note or letter in a sealed envelope to a staff member
- Send an email to Mesa County Criminal Justice Services at CJSD-TIPS@mesacounty.us
- Call the Criminal Justice Administration at 970-244-1728
- DOC clients may call the Department of Corrections Tip Line at 1-877-362-8477
- Call the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Crisis Hotline at 800-809-2344
- Notify the Grand Junction Police Department
- Log a complaint with the 21st Judicial District Attorney
Requests for annual reports on Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) investigations and outcomes will go through the Mesa County Attorney’s Office at 970-244-1612.