The Criminal Justice Planning unit assesses the entire public safety system to make sure that justice is served and that efficiencies are in place that promote good use of public resources.

  • Strategies to Reduce Recidivism & Jail Population
  • Working with other Community Organizations for Treatment & Diversion
  • Advisory Committee to Set Priorities & Coordinate Policy Change
  • Auditing, Research, Reporting, & Program Development
  • Business Analysis & Feedback to Make Process Improvements
  • Ongoing research to find the best evidence-based practices being used to alternatively supervise and treat those individuals sentenced by the courts.
  • Recommendation of new programs for implementation in Larimer County in order to keep the use of jail beds to a minimum.
  • Internally auditing programs to ensure compliance with oversight agencies and recommendations for policy and procedure.
  • Solicit feedback from employees and stakeholders to analyze and identify opportunities for business improvements and process efficiencies.
  • Identify legislation that affects the criminal justice system both positively and negatively.
  • Determine opportunities for grant funds that may enhance criminal justice operations within Larimer County.

Jail ADP 2005-2020

In 2015, 2016, and 2017, the Jail's average daily population (ADP) increased substantially.  While there is no silver bullet answer for this increase, main contributors are thought to include increases in new drug felony arrests and increases in homeless/transient inmates, coupled with a significant pre-existing population with mental health and substance issues.  Decreases in ADP occurred in 2018 and 2019.  Larimer County is working to bring focus on behavioral health related services (such as the Co-Responder Program), and with these efforts there is hope the trend of a declining Jail population will continue. 

2020 saw a significant decrease to the Jail's ADP.  The causes may be related to the global pandemic (one possible effect among many being the impact to law enforcement and criminal justice practices), the availability of more co-responder mental health services, or the reclassification of felony drug offenses to misdemeanors.  CJS continues to collect data from multiple sources for this timeframe to analyze the factors that may have contributed to the decline that occurred. 

Criminal Justice Planning will continue to help address challenges related to the Jail population by monitoring and reporting on the status of the criminal justice system, identifying and implementing new treatment programs, advocating for legislation that meets the needs of our jurisdiction, and working with community partners to implement solutions.

In 2007, the Board of County Commissioners recognized the Larimer County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee (CJAC).  The Committee is an advisory and policy level board consisting of County elected officials and other principal justice system decision makers.  Learn more about CJAC.

Contact Criminal Justice Services

Phone:  (970) 980-2600
Fax: (970) 980-2610
 
Per the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Larimer County will provide a reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with a disability who need assistance, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship to the County or fundamentally alter services.  Services can be arranged with at least seven (7) business days’ notice.  Please email cjsd_business_operations@larimer.org or call (970) 980-2679 or Relay Colorado 711.  “Walk-in” requests for auxiliary aids and services will be honored to the extent possible but may be unavailable if advance notice is not provided.