Shandra Jordan, editor in chief
J.J. Babb, design managing editor
Patrick Crossland, state/regional editor
Kyle Endres, campus editor
Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor
Jail issue is worth our two cents
Referred Issue 1A is asking voters to replace an existing .20
percent sales tax with a .40 cent sales tax to expand the
Alternative Sentencing Unit. Though the editorial board does not
feel this will solve the county’s jail problem, it is a good
If the issue passes, it means 4 cents will go towards the ASU
expansion for every $10 spent. The expansion will follow a
three-phase, 40-year plan to add 850 beds, according to a
Coloradoan story. If passed, the issue is expected to raise $14.9
We feel alternative sentencing is a great deterrence to sending
nonviolent offenders to prison. The cost of housing someone at ASU
is $20 a day, compared to $66 in jail.
The ASU currently has people waiting up to six months to serve
their sentence. We do not think it is fair or effective to make
people convicted of crimes wait that long or longer to serve.
One concern the board had was that the proposed increase does
not have an ending date.
Though we feel this measure will not solve our county’s prison
problem (it is not only ASU having housing issues), we feel an
extra 2 cents is worth it.