X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

DENVER-Mayor Wellington Webb is throwing his weight behind building a new $300-million jail. Members of the city council and neighborhood activists working on what is known as the Justice Center are thrilled by the support Webb gave it at his recent State of the City Address. Voters will decide in November on a tax increase for the jail.

Three other proposals seeking another $200 million also tried to get on the ballot. But many council members and others worried that if the voters had to choose between $500 million in projects, they’d vote down the biggest one, for the jail.

“Our jail facilities are antiquated,” Webb says. “Most were built 50 years ago with a capacity only two-thirds of our current need. As Denver has grown, and as our crime fighting has become more effective, our jails have become more crowded and more dangerous. Our police, prosecutors and courts no longer always have an empty cell when they make an arrest or gain a conviction. We cannot jeopardize the safety of our people by allowing individuals who should be behind bars to stalk our community’s streets.”

A task force is studying five sites for the jail. Webb says the facility will be, “a contemporary piece of architecture that will house courts and a jail.”

“No one wants to pay for a jail,” Webb says. “No one wants to be neighbor to a jail. But Denver is not merely a collection of faceless, unconnected subdivisions. We are a city… we are a community.”

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 3 free articles* across the ALM subscription network every 30 days
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?

GlobeSt. NET LEASE Awards 2020Event

These awards honor the industry's most influential and knowledgeable real estate executives from the net lease sector.

Get More Information
 

GlobeSt

Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join GlobeSt.com now!

  • Free unlimited access to GlobeSt.com's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including ThinkAdvisor.com and Law.com.

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.