CdeBaca acknowledged that a just transition away from the GEO Group’s and CoreCivic’s operation of the halfway houses is necessary for the sake of the 500 former inmates who are currently living there. The end of the contacts could mean some of the residents will be sent back to prison while others may be paroled. About 100 inmates who were scheduled to arrive at the halfway houses may now have longer prison stays.
The city should transition toward local control of the halfway houses over a six-to-ten month period, CdeBaca told The Intercept.
“I am very concerned about the 500 beds that we jeopardized by this vote, and I want to see a plan to make sure that we transition out of these contracts in a way that is just for the residents of these facilities,” she said.
CdeBaca’s success in convincing the Denver City Council to vote against the two companies is a “signal of the [Democratic Socialists of America’s] rising influence,” Grim wrote, “and the willingness of mainstream politicians to follow the lead of organizers and activists making a stark moral argument.”
Others also applauded CdeBaca for leading the city’s fight against the for-profit industry and the Trump administration’s use of the GEO Group and Core Civic to commit what immigrant rights advocates have decried as human rights abuses, while enriching the two companies.
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