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Governor to revisit decision to close Fort Lyon - Lamar Ledger

There are 5 comments on the Lamar Ledger story from Mar 2, 2011, titled Governor to revisit decision to close Fort Lyon - Lamar Ledger. In it, Lamar Ledger reports that:

Residents of Bent County are cautiously optimistic after meeting with Governor John Hickenlooper on Wednesday in Las Animas.

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lamarguy

La Veta, CO

#1 Mar 2, 2011
i read comments in the denver post about this fiasco and they are not caring at all. you should read it on the denverpost.com its assinine. they dont care, just like the ones who closed FORT LYON..one of them is from las animas. they really knew what the heck they were doing huh.

send in your comments to your chamber of commerce and they will send them on to denver...at least thats what i understand. and good old Mark the attorney, what a guy, he mentioned poverty, this is the man who threatened me with jail time for non payment of child support when the state of maryland was DOUBLE BILLING COLORADO...it took me a long time to convince bent county i was right...but hes on the right side this time...get behind them folks and support the team to keep the prison open n FORT LYON.

and help our local folks find some new business to come to Lamar. its beautiful here and its a game of give and take and put your egos away lamar and get some things done or we are gonna be the next HASTY. thanks. lamarguy.
OBat

Denver, CO

#2 Mar 2, 2011
OK, Guv- time to see if you have any kind of commitment to the rural communities, you know, the ones you like to sneer at for your friends?

CUT MEDICAID. ONE THIRD of the annual budget that you Dems increased the last two years, loosening standards for enrollment and paying more for services. Up 45% in those years.$3 Billion a year for Colorado taxpayers, including the ones in Southern Colorado, yes?$1 Billion saved, and tell the Feds to jump in the river- we get the fourth lowest in the country on Federal funds for our tax dollar. That would fund EVERYTHING, Happy Days!

As for the prison, some facts.

This is a medium security prison housing over 1000 criminal offenders, and fewer than 5% of the inmates speak fluent English, were you aware of that? And the cost of keeping each inmate costs the state about $52 a day, and the same security run by the DOC costs almost $65 a day. Also, this company provides 85% of inmates educational or modification programs or jobs to give structure to their day. That is almost double what the DOC provides.

Yes, we need to make cuts. This is a poor and politically motivated choice, however.

I hear he is reconsidering.
Carny

Grand Junction, CO

#3 Mar 2, 2011
OBat wrote:
This is a medium security prison housing over 1000 criminal offenders, and fewer than 5% of the inmates speak fluent English, were you aware of that? And the cost of keeping each inmate costs the state about $52 a day, and the same security run by the DOC costs almost $65 a day. Also, this company provides 85% of inmates educational or modification programs or jobs to give structure to their day. That is almost double what the DOC provides.
You may want to double-check those facts. Also, check the math ...$52 is less than $65, near as I can figure. Essentially, what this says is that the private prison can do it for less money and provide more service than the state (DOC).
Dont know how you do it

Grand Junction, CO

#4 Mar 22, 2011
OBat--- Are your facts associated with the prison at Ft. Lyon?
Paradux

Westcliffe, CO

#5 Mar 27, 2011
If it is closed it cannot be repurposed by the state. That was in the agreement when the state purchased it from the Federal Government.
If it is used for anything other then a prison, ownership reverts back to Federal. Colorado got a great deal on Fort Lyon, buying it for one dollar.
But the Vets of this area and surrounding areas, paid the price. I am all for closing it down.

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