Community Corrections Self Surrender Project

2020 NACo Achievement Award Winner

El Paso County, Colo., CO

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About the Program

Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety (Best in Category)

Year: 2020

Project Self Surrender aims to reduce the use of county jail beds by those sentenced to community corrections as they wait for an open bed in the community corrections facility. The project provides certain offenders with the opportunity to maintain existing protective factors, such as employment and community support, while waiting placement. Project Self Surrender provides an additional option upon sentencing for the District Court other than jail. The Court can now allow, in collaboration with the community corrections agency, identified individuals appropriate to remain in the local community after given a date to self-surrender to the designated community corrections facility. Project Self Surrender meets community goals of reducing the use of jail beds, serving justice, lowering recidivism and supporting behavior change.