As 2017 draws to an end, the Colorado Department of Corrections would like to highlight its most significant achievements of the past year. “The Department spent 2017 focused on eliminating extended restrictive housing, strengthening community partnerships, and creating additional opportunities for successful offender reintegration back into society. These accomplishments show the dedication of our staff to making Colorado safer, and why the Colorado Department of Corrections is an international leader in corrections,” said Executive Director Rick Raemisch. Department of Corrections 2017 accomplishments include: • Administrative Segregation and Extended Restrictive Housing no longer exist in the Colorado Department of Corrections. The only offenders in a short term restrictive housing environment are offenders serving disciplinary segregation for behavioral infractions. These offenders cannot be sanctioned to more than 15 days in this environment • Our department has teamed up with Special Olympics to charter a variety of fund raising events ranging from staff dodge ball tournaments to offender food sales. Each facility has a coordinator assigned to facilitate these fundraisers. The Department has raised $29, 323 for the Special Olympics. • We have expanded our partnership with the Pikes Peak Workforce Center that serves El Paso and Teller County areas. This collaboration has improved the Department’s in-reach employment services process. Offenders scheduled to release can be interviewed and pre –hired by employers willing to give offenders a job and a second chance. • The Parents on a Mission (POM) program is now being delivered at all facilities, to include offenders assigned to Management Control Units. The program motivates and equips parents to positively influence themselves and their children .It is also productive in addressing familial and relational issues for non-parents. Family reunification events are held at the conclusion of the program and every quarter thereafter. This program will further expand in to the parole community in 2018. • Our International Corrections Management Training Center increased the number of students trained by 126 percent over the same period in 2015/2016. This equates to a total of 2800 students from 38 countries. • Our parole division continues to work with the facility case managers to improve the quality and viability of offender parole plans. Staff work diligently to develop additional relationships and resources with homeless shelters, landlords and community partners to increase housing capacity across the state. This includes continued focus and plans for expansion of the housing and stabilization unit which focuses on the chronically homeless and high risk/high need parolees.