May 6, 2013 7:50 PM by Andy Koen
PUEBLO - The Pueblo halfway house Community Corrections Services Inc. (CCSI) that closed suddenly Friday morning had a history of security issues. In August, state auditors found "concerning public safety issues" at CCSI and determined that "escapes were not managed appropriately."
The report details instances where head counts were falsified and guards were found asleep on the job. The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice was working with the owner of the facility, former Pueblo City Councilman Al Gurule, to take corrective action.
Then on Friday, the parole board moved the offenders to other facilities. Gurule said at the time he had decided not to renew his contract when it expired June 30.
The concerns over lax security shine a light on how offender Jamie Salazar might have been able to walk away from the facility April 1. He was missing for more than three weeks. In that time, prosecutors believe he raped and beat his girlfriend multiple times.
Salazar appeared in district court today to hear the sexual assault charges filed against him. He's being held at the Pueblo County Jail on $150,000 and due in court next for a preliminary hearing on June 18.