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Denver’s downtown jail is at the center of sheriff’s major problems

Ten years ago, Denver city officials persuaded voters to approve funding for a $378 million justice center that included a modern downtown jail. The sales pitch promised relief for a crowded jail on Smith Road and pledged to manage the expanded number of inmate beds without increasing the Denver Sheriff Department staff. But nearly four years after the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center opened its doors on Colfax Avenue, those promises have fallen through.

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