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EBDM Site to Receive Prestigious Award
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Mesa County’s Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) site has been selected by the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition (CCJRC) to receive the Rupert-Tate Game Changer Award.  This award recognizes the “most outstanding criminal justice reform initiatives and change agents in Colorado”.

Mesa County was selected for its “innovation and collaboration in implementing evidence-based practices in criminal cases and its focus on outcomes that have already reduced the jail population, recidivism, and incarceration costs”.

Mesa County awardees include:

  • Ms. Bert Nieslanik, Deputy Director of the Alternate Defense Counsel
  • Honorable David A. Bottger, Twenty-First Judicial District Chief Judge
  • Mr. Stan Hilkey, Mesa County Sheriff
  • Mr. Dennis Berry, Criminal Justice Services Department
  • Mr. Pete Hautzinger, Mesa County District Attorney
  • Ms. Trish Mahre, Chief Deputy District Attorney
  • Ms. Linda Robinson, Twenty-First Judicial District Probation Services
  • Ms. Sandy Castleberry, Twenty-First Judicial District Administrator
  • Mr. Steve Colvin, Managing Attorney – Grand Junction Public Defender Trial Office
  • Honorable Craig Henderson, Twenty-First Judicial District County Court Judge
  • Ms. Jennifer Sheetz, Mesa County Criminal Justice Analyst

If you would like more information on implementing Evidence-Based Decision Making or the EBDM Initiative in your local Criminal Justice System, contact Lori Eville, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections, at

Posted Tue, May 28 2013 9:32 AM by Susan Powell


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