LAS ANIMAS, Colo. (AP) – A former prison in southeast Colorado is getting a visit from state lawmakers who are considering whether to repurpose the prison as a treatment center for the homeless.
Several legislative budget-writers planned to visit the former Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas on Monday. The lawmakers are considering a proposal from the governor to use the former prison as a voluntary treatment center for the chronically homeless, especially veterans.READ MORE: No Charges For Colorado Man Who Sent Anonymous Letters, Pictures To School Board Members
The governor’s office is asking for $6 million or so over the next two fiscal years to make the change. The prison was closed two years ago because of a declining prison population.READ MORE: Douglas County School Board Set To Consider Eliminating Mask Mandate For Students, Staff Tuesday
Fort Lyon is envisioned as a treatment facility for up to 200 homeless people who would receive job training and mental health and drug treatment.MORE NEWS: Report Shows RTD Union Station Problems Festering For Years: 1/3 In Survey Feel Safety At Risk When Using RTD
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