HOW A QUARTER CAN KEEP STRUGGLING NON-CRIMINALS IN DENVER OUT OF JAIL
Tonight will mark the official launch of Caring 4 Denver, a proposed ballot measure that aims to raise $45 million annually a quarter at a time in order to increase the amount of mental health and substance abuse services in the city. State representative Leslie Herod, one of the concept’s main backers, stresses that this funding will also help law enforcement, since people struggling with such issues all too often wind up behind bars even when they haven’t committed a crime.
“We need to do something more proactively to get them the services they need,” says Herod, who’ll be on hand at the June 14 launch, “and not just put them in jail.”
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