Reducing Recidivism

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The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has requested nearly $100,000 in a federal grant.

The money would fund the Sheriff’s Office transition program to help keep repeat offenders out of jail and off the county’s tab. Monday in front of the Mesa County Commissioners, sheriff's officials outlined 15 repeat offenders who, collectively, have been jailed 141 times. Those 15 offenders cost the county nearly one hundred and 15,000 dollars in the past two years.

The transition program assists inmates and former inmates in getting help overcoming mental illness and substance abuse problems. It also offers assistance with finding housing and employment.

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