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Boot camp won’t accept Richards

John Colson

Convicted burglar Jacob Richards has been sent to the Arrowhead Correctional Facility in Caon City, Colo. after being ruled ineligible for what is known as “boot camp” at the minimum-security facility in Buena Vista.

According to Bill Zalman, director of Offender Services, Richards did not pass the evaluation process that takes place before inmates are assigned to boot camp, formally known as the Regimented Inmate Training Program. If an inmate successfully completes the 90-day intensive physical and educational training program, he can then have his sentence reconsidered by the presiding judge in the case.

Richards recently pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree burglary, a felony, in connection with a Sept. 20 break-in at a Twining Flats home. He was sentenced to four years in prison.

In return for the guilty plea, Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills dropped charges linking Richards to an Aug. 5 armed robbery at Clark’s Market in Aspen.

Wills said this week that he had talked with Zalman’s subordinate, caseworker Jim Moore, about Richards’ case and explained the details of the crimes and the charges to him.

Then, he said, Moore asked Wills what his recommendation was regarding Richards and another local youth convicted of involvement in an armed robbery, William “Wade” Hammond.

“I encouraged him to accept these kids into boot camp,” Wills said.

But Zalman indicated that, according to the applicable statutes, both Hammond and Richards simply could not be considered eligible because the initial charges against them involved violent crimes.

Zalman said the Arrowhead facility is a “minimum restrictive facility,” meaning it is one step above the “minimum security” level, in which prisoners mostly are awaiting their impending release from incarceration.

“It’s one step above Rifle,” he said, explaining that the prison at Rifle, west of Glenwood Springs, is a minimum-security facility without fences around the buildings. At Arrowhead, he said, there are fences.


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