11 News went straight to the governor to ask about the problem with repeat offenders in Mesa County. We asked what the state is doing to reduce recidivism.
We caught up with Governor Ritter last week when he was in Montrose.
The governor says moving money from jails to rehabilitation programs is one way to reduce recidivism.
The governor has also set up the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.
Mesa County District Attorney Pete Hautzinger was appointed to the task force.
As part of his budget proposal, the governor is asking for $5.9 million for programs for substance abuse, mental health and vocational programs.
He says it could save the state $17 million in prison costs over the next five years.