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Boulder Shelter policy zigs and zags, who can predict what it will be?


By Max R. Weller

Read Latest proposal at north Boulder Shelter would cancel morning services, restrict client movement in the Daily Camera. Copied below in its perplexing entirety:

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless Executive Director Greg Harms speaks with residents during a "Good Neighbor" meeting hosted by the Boulder

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless Executive Director Greg Harms speaks with [neighborhood] residents during a “Good Neighbor” meeting hosted by the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless on Oct. 2 at the Shining [Mountain] Waldorf School in Boulder. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Following a “good neighbor” meeting with north Boulder residents who live near the homeless shelter, the shelter’s administrators have proposed dialing back some operational changes in order to address concerns they heard at the meeting.

Generally, many of the changes to the shelter’s operating agreement that have been under consideration this fall involve expanding service to the homeless.

What was presented to neighbors at the meeting, held Oct. 2, was a plan that would see the shelter, on north Broadway, open 160 beds year-round for homeless people classified as having “moderate” or “high” needs.

Those people would be allowed to stay at the shelter during the daytime, neighbors learned, whereas now they are sent away in the mornings and welcomed back in the evenings.

But Greg Harms, director of the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, has revised the list of proposed changes.

For one, under the latest plan submitted to the city by Harms, the shelter would do away with its morning services. Currently, the facility has walk-up breakfast, shower and laundry service. Anywhere between 15 and 50 people show up for that on average, the shelter reports.

That would be discontinued after this season. 

“We got a lot of feedback from the neighbors that there was a concern that homeless people were attracted to north Boulder for our morning services, even if they weren’t staying at the shelter, which meant they were camping near the shelter or staying in their cars,” Harms said. (Emphasis is mine — MRW)

Additionally, the shelter would not let residents leave the shelter and then return during the day. They would have to either stay at the facility or leave and then wait until the evening to come back.

“We would manage people’s ingress and egress so that people aren’t just going into the neighborhood to smoke a cigarette, then going in later, that kind of thing,” Harms said.

This proposed change is also a response to the fact that some neighbors expressed displeasure at the prospect of increased homeless activity near their homes.

The latest changes submitted by the shelter also call for a change to the shelter’s policy on “sexually violent predators,” though it’s unclear what difference this change would actually make.

There is huge community anxiety — among north Boulder neighbors especially, but also among other residents and much of the City Council — over the fact that the shelter has of late become a relative haven for people deemed by the state to be “sexually violent predators,” as many as four of whom occupied the shelter at one point this year.

Harms proposes that the shelter would discontinue service to these people, except in the event that they can’t find shelter elsewhere, which is entirely possible.

The Boulder city attorney’s staff responded in a memo to the proposed changes, and noted as much.

“There is not a known alternative for this population locally,” the memo stated, with reference to so-called “predators,”

“In the short term, this (change) is likely to have no effect on restricting sexually violent predators at the shelter.”

But in general the staff analysis offered support for the shelter’s proposal. The city and shelter remain engaged in a back-and-forth negotiation on the operating agreement, and Harms said he could not predict when it will be completed.


Everyone who follows this blog knows that the Homeless Philosopher has found it very convenient over the years to visit Boulder Shelter for the Homeless at 6AM for a shower and to keep a small locker with a few meager possessions there (although I no longer store cash in it after being robbed of $350 last March, apparently by a staff member with access to combinations and a master key to all the locks provided by BSH). I’ve also said that I might easily make other arrangements if the shelter were to close; looks like I’ll have plenty of time to do so.

Having said that, let me point out that I’ll continue to camp in the area around N. Broadway & U.S. 36, just as I have since early 2008. Two reasons:

1) It’s on the main RTD bus line, the SKIP, and almost every day I shop at King Soopers on Table Mesa and spend a few hours at either Norlin Library on the CU campus or at Boulder Public Library.

2) My camping policy these days is to stay far away from all transient knuckleheads, so my campsite is located outside of Boulder city limits, but still within easy walking distance of the bus stop next to BSH. 

Let me also point out that many of the BUMS — who do their worst to live down to all of the negative stereotypes — camp out in this north Boulder neighborhood but rarely go to BSH for any purpose. A perfect example are those living under the N. Broadway & Rosewood bridge over Four Mile Creek, within a stone’s throw of the liquor store. Last I heard, the pedestrian underpass was a site for peeing and pooping and vomiting, all from the BUMS. One even died there a few months ago . . .

As far as registered sex offenders, many have come to our city from elsewhere in Colorado and even from other states. NEITHER Boulder’s do-gooders NOR city authorities have any legal obligation to shelter them here, NOT for a single night. Purely on humanitarian grounds, we should offer them bus tickets back to wherever they came from: Denver, Florida, New York, etc. That our so-called leaders can’t figure this out remains a mystery.

BOTTOM LINE: It’s all about $$$, and the local homeless shelter / services industry (including, of course, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and Bridge House) is determined to coerce as many vulnerable homeless folks as possible into their various “programs” (all of which are about as useful as teats on a boar hog) so they can appeal for more funding from both public and private sources. No end to homelessness is in sight.

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council.)


‘Sexually violent predator Christopher Lawyer moves to Longmont’


By Max R. Weller

Gee, Chrissy, was it something we said? There had been a rumor circulating at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless during the week to the effect that Mr. Lawyer’s mother, who tried to corruptly influence the State Parole Board on his behalf, was going to buy a home in Lyons so her son could live with her there. As you’ll recall, that arrangement didn’t work out when the two lived just east of Boulder city limits because Mr. Lawyer violated parole by possessing violent pornography.

What a piece of work, and you can say that about both mother and son.

Read the latest report in the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

Christopher Lawyer

Christopher Lawyer (Boulder County Sheriff’s Office / Courtesy Photo)

Christopher Lawyer, a “sexually violent predator” whose residence at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless has caused an uproar among residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the shelter, has moved to Longmont.

Longmont police announced that Lawyer, 42, will be living at the Lamplighter Motel, 1642 Main St., on a temporary basis. He will be one of four sexually violent predators living in the city, according to a news release.

Longmont has 273 registered sex offenders currently living in city limits. Lawyer will join three other sexually violent predators, two of whom are listed as transients by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Lawyer moved into the Boulder shelter in May, upsetting nearby residents as the number of sexually violent predators at the shelter rose to four. Boulder police Chief Greg Testa has asked the Colorado Department of Corrections to stop paroling sexually violent predators to Boulder.

Lawyer, who was convicted of rape in 2001, is believed to be the first person in Boulder County to gain the sexually violent predator designation, which is assigned to sex offenders convicted of certain crimes who possess personality traits that authorities believe make them prone to committing further offenses.

Police in 2000 said Lawyer kidnapped a Boulder woman who was delivering newspapers at the Gold Run apartments, forced her into her vehicle and taped her eyes and mouth shut. Lawyer drove the woman to another location, raped her for more than an hour at gunpoint and attempted to make casual conversation afterward.

Lawyer was paroled last year and briefly lived with his mother in unincorporated Boulder County before he was found to be in possession of pornography, which violated his parole. After serving about six months in prison, he was released and attempted unsuccessfully to live in Jamestown and Longmont before moving to Boulder.


So much for BSH executive director Greg Harms’ attempts to “rehabilitate” Mr. Lawyer, while the homeless shelter received $280 per week from Colorado DOC. Apparently, Mr. Harms has also failed in trying to reset Boulder police policy to welcome SVPs into our community; we hope he’ll stop trying to play ersatz police chief now.

Let’s keep up the pressure on local do-gooders, until the number of registered sex offenders (including Sexually Violent Predators most likely to re-offend) at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is zero.

SVP from Boulder Shelter lurks near Dakota Ridge neighborhood in broad daylight!


By Max R. Weller

It was just a couple of days ago around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, when I was reading a book in front of the Mexican restaurant in the 4900 block of N. Broadway, that I observed Sexually Violent Predator Rodney Jobe come strolling from the direction of the RTD bus stop next to Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. He saw me sitting there giving him the stink eye, and he swaggered on down the sidewalk northbound toward the Dakota Ridge neighborhood. He stopped as soon as he got to some pine trees on the nicely landscaped property that belongs to the HOA, and lay down next to them, apparently taking care to conceal himself from the view of any residents using that sidewalk to leave their residential area:

Rodney Jobe

Sexually Violent Predator Rodney Jobe

I could still see Mr. Jobe plain as could be, having a favorable angle to do so, and I made certain the POS knew I was watching him. After an hour or so, he got up and passed by me again headed back toward BSH. This time, it was Mr. Jobe who gave me the stink eye — so I must have interfered with his plan to accost some innocent child.

This is NOT the first time I’ve witnessed suspicious behavior by one of the sex offenders living at BSH. Way back in 2010, it was a couple of convicted child molesters trolling for new victims on the SKIP bus filled with schoolkids and also lurking at the entrance to our Main Library (with cute little stuffed animals as props). Yes, I informed Boulder police and library staff so they could be on guard.

One wonders just where in blazes Boulder City Council and Boulder County DA Stan Garnett have been all this time . . . Mr. DA still doesn’t get it, when you’d expect him to be fully aware that SVP Kerry Whitfield’s two most recent victims are homeless women he met while all three were in residence at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless.

Sexually Violent Predator Kerry Whitfield

See the Daily Camera report of last night’s public hearing here: Meeting on Boulder’s sexual predators leaves some ‘more afraid’ — as well they should be. Excerpt copied below:

A public hearing Tuesday night on the monitoring, and lack thereof, of “sexually violent predators” in Boulder left many in the City Council chambers feeling more concerned than they were previously . . .

Council members appeared shocked during the hearing to learn that three of the four state-designated sexual predators in Boulder do not wear GPS monitors, and that three of them are housed at the homeless shelter on north Broadway without restrictions during the daytime.

There are currently 122 registered sex offenders in the city, according to police. Sex offenders are given the “predator” designation if they are convicted of sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact or sexual assault of a child from a position of trust, and if the victim was a stranger or someone the offender knew and planned to harm.

Based on risk assessment, sexually violent predators are considered more likely to reoffend.

How out of touch is BCC? Continuing:

The council was told that none of the four sexually violent predators in the city were referred to the halfway house at 23rd Street and Canyon Boulevard. Several members seemed disturbed to hear that — as did residents who offered public comments.

“I’m more afraid than I was three months ago,” Patricia DeAngelis Ratner told the council. “Shame on you. You didn’t know there was a halfway house in the community?”

Others on both the council and from the public also said their worry was elevated, not assuaged, by the meeting.

Of the fact that three of the predators are living at the shelter — an all-time high, according to shelter Director Greg Harms — DeAngelis Ratner added, “You know there are a majority of residents in north Boulder that are scared stiff that do not want this.”

Wrapping up:

The atmosphere on Tuesday was somber and at times tense, mainly because so many in the room were disturbed by how much they did not know about sexually violent predators in Boulder.

Again, where have they been?

As for BSH executive director Greg Harms, this is all that he cares about: Colorado paying $280 a week for ‘sexually violent predator’ to live at Boulder homeless shelter in the Daily Camera. 

Betsey Martens of Boulder Housing Partners admits her #1 priority


By Max R. Weller

Ms. Martens is soon leaving her position as executive director of Boulder Housing Partners (which might explain why she was so candid in the following comment to the Daily Camera): “For over a decade, Boulder Housing Partners, the housing authority for the city of Boulder, has partnered with the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. Together, we have created programs that now bring in more than $1 million a year in federal funds to support the homeless in Boulder County. This includes the highly successful 1175 Lee Hill project for the chronically homeless.” This is a case of More Homeless People = More Money, and so long as the $$$ keep coming in from both public and private funding sources homelessness will NEVER be ended.

Read her entire letter-to-editor of the Daily Camera here. In case you didn’t know, Betsey Martens used to serve as a board member at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. Naturally, she will seek to trumpet a partnership with that refuge for transients and sex offenders right across the street from her own Boulder Housing Partners.

However, one’s perspective matters — the Homeless Philosopher has NO financial incentive for publishing what he observes firsthand. Here’s an example (from 9/21/2015) of what Ms. Martens call “highly successful” as it relates to an erstwhile resident of Housing First at 1175 Lee Hill: Donna the homeless drama queen at N. Broadway & Laramie Blvd. Copied below in its entirety:

Donna is her Real Name, and after all of her efforts to gain attention I’m no longer going to call her “Doris” to protect her identity.

She’s the ringleader of the bunch of inebriates who have caused so much trouble in the 4900 block of N. Broadway over the course of the past month or so, which has required the intervention of law enforcement more than once prior to this past weekend. Two Native American women (including Donna), two white male pedophiles, and another white male who came to Boulder, CO just recently comprise this group.

On Friday, as they were camped out underneath the pine trees on nicely-landscaped property belonging to the Dakote Ridge HOA, and taking turns staggering in the median at the corner of U.S. 36 while “flying a sign” to gain more booze money, I took my brief turn as a Humble Beggar to gain a few dollars to buy life’s necessities (as I receive no taxpayer-funded benefits of any kind, nor do I patronize any of the Free Giveaway venues except Boulder Shelter for my morning shower and to maintain a small locker) such as food, clothing, camping gear, bus fare, etc. As I held up my sign — HELP SAVE LIVES / NO CASH / FOR DRUNKS — her male friends left first, and then Donna practically crawled from the pine trees down the sidewalk to the spot where I normally sit, on the wall in front of the Mexican restaurant (where business owners, workers, and neighbors greet me as I’m reading a newspaper or a book).

Then, she sort of fell into the roadside ditch there. I went over to see if she was okay, and another person was already doing the same, and Donna was lying facedown at the bottom of that ditch on a long piece of cardboard with a “disaster blanket” or two from BSH as a makeshift bed. BTW, when it rains that ditch quickly fills up with water a foot or more deep. She did NOT respond to our shouts, and since I don’t own a cell phone I asked the other person to call 9-1-1. You never know about these drunkards; they could be sleeping it off or they could be suffering alcohol poisoning which can, of course, be fatal.

Anyway, the Boulder Rural Fire Dept. and paramedics responded, along with both Boulder County deputies and City of Boulder police (this spot is right on the border between county and city). A short minute before they all arrived, after I’d continued to shout at Donna that emergency help was on the way, she’d managed to crawl up out of the ditch and stagger on down the sidewalk in an attempt to make her escape. The paramedics stopped her, spoke to her, and in the end decided against transporting her to detox. In the meantime, I spoke with the deputies and city officers and showed them the mess these drunkards were making on private property that Dakota Ridge residents are paying to maintain.

Now we come to the events of Saturday: Donna and one of her male crew members were passed out again, same place, and she decided to go topless. When she put her bra and shirt back on and staggered out to the corner to panhandle, she decided to “flash” passersby. Certainly, this constitutes Disorderly Conduct in the context of being intoxicated. I figured she was headed for jail this time. Someone who had a cell phone saw Donna topless and called law enforcement. Both a Boulder county deputy and a City of Boulder police officer responded, and after talking to her briefly the deputy put her in handcuffs and took her away . . . To detox, as we learned yesterday morning.

Yes, she was back in the neighborhood yesterday! More than one interested party, including the Homeless Philosopher, told her flat out that she was NOT going back on the corner and making us all look like drunken degenerates. She obeyed us, for a wonder.

You can thank Housing First at 1175 Lee Hill for this whole mess — that’s how she came to be in the neighborhood in the first place, in a brand new apartment, until she was evicted for inviting her street friends to stay overnight and party. She has been hanging around the area ever since then, and I’ve heard that homeless people downtown and on Baseline have threatened to do great bodily harm to her if she returns to either one of those transient hangouts.

Gee, I wonder why these other bums despise her so much . . . Oh yeah, I’ve heard she’s a sneak thief, too.

I’m told that Donna came here to Boulder a few years ago from Denver.

My blog post is “evidence-based” in the same way that Ms. Martens’ letter-to-editor in the DC is; it’s actually a matter of perspective. Or, to put it another way, WHO DO YOU TRUST MORE?

As far as I can tell, from over nine years of direct observation of Boulder’s homeless shelter / services industry, all of the do-gooders involved — including Joy Eckstine-Redstone, George Epp, Greg Harms, Betsey Martens, et al — are utterly clueless and they also possess NO love for awkward facts which tend to expose their narrative for what it really is:

(This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council)

FAKE CIVIL WAR: Boulder’s do-gooders all agree that More Homeless People = More Money


By Max R. Weller

It just tickles me no end that two of the biggest failures among local homelessness providers — Joy Eckstine-Redstone and George Epp, formerly running the defunct Carriage House homeless day shelter and chief enablers of convicted rapist Jim Budd, founder of the soon-to-be defunct Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow — would initiate public hostilities with Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and its executive director, Greg Harms. To be sure, BSH and the moron(s) in charge there deserve all the criticism that comes their way . . . It’s just that Ms. Eckstine-Redstone and Mr. Epp have no more credibility than Mr. Harms!

All three of ’em are CLUELESS.

Anyway, here’s the commentary in the Daily Camera: Telling secrets. Copied below in its entirety:

A homeless man panhandles on the Pearl Street Mall in February.

A homeless man panhandles on the Pearl Street Mall in February. (Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)

Communities at their best are like families, but that’s also true for when a community is at its worst. Communities have secrets, just like families, and react in the same predictable ways. Some of us keep the secrets close, some of us are the scapegoats, and some of us stridently insist on the dysfunction being heard. Every tome on family therapy insists on a central theme: for a family (or community) to heal, that the secrets must first be acknowledged and then integrated.

What does this have to do with homelessness? There is an unspoken secret in our community. It is the lack of cooperation from the leadership at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. This lack of cooperation has stymied nonprofit leaders, government agencies and homeless rights group for many years. They have been approached with ideas for collaboration that were innovative, cost-saving and humane by: Bridge House, Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow (BOHO), Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement (HOPE), the Community Foundation, and many others.

Now, there is a real change happening in how homeless services are designed and delivered in the city of Boulder. Courtesy of the Homeless Working Group (part of the city’s Housing and Human Service’s Department) and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (consultants hired by the city) a radical shift in services is happening. And, as many of these changes depend on the cooperation of the Boulder Shelter, homeless individuals are at risk in our community. Life-sustaining services have already been closed.

As of May 1, Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow ceased to provide emergency warming centers and Bridge House stopped providing day shelter. It is proposed by the Homeless Working Group that each of these services essentially be incorporated into the operations of the shelter in the fall of 2017. However, the shelter has not agreed.

And, since many of the recommendations of the working group incorporate mainstream best practices, you could argue that this is not a real problem. After all, the homeless services and homeless advocacy worlds do not disagree in principle with the ideas. It incorporates best practices like:

• Immediate assessment using validated tools that measure vulnerability;

• Short-term rental assistance to stabilize people in housing;

• Rapid re-housing that prevents long term destabilization and use of expensive services;

• Housing First services that prioritize housing for people that are mutually both the most vulnerable and the most expensive to serve.

Setting aside another questionable assumption — that Boulder as a community will agree to more low-income housing and that neighborhoods will accept such housing, this basic problem remains. The Boulder Shelter cites its management plan as the reason that they can’t provide year-round shelter or day shelter. They have been citing that management plan for years, as this certainly isn’t the first time they’ve been asked to consider these concepts. The management plan, by ordinance, must be re-evaluated every three years. It has not been changed since 2002.

Let’s examine exactly what the plan says about any needed modifications: “These hours of operation, and corresponding hours of ingress and egress of Shelter residents, may be modified by the recommendation of the Neighborhood-Shelter Action group.” Admittedly, the rest of the sentence reads “to accommodate school schedules” but it does state that it can be modified.

Additionally, the plan states, “Residents will be allowed to stay at the Shelter during the day when the weather is life threatening and other sources of day shelter are not available (such as Thanksgiving and Christmas days.)” Since there is now no other source of day shelter and many winter days in Boulder are life threatening, it appears that providing day shelter is a legitimate possibility.

This year is the next time the management plan will be re-evaluated. The city wants the shelter to provide additional services and has taken away other services in anticipation of cooperation from the shelter. But those agreements have not yet been made. We believe the shelter’s management plan needs to be modified. It is for the good of the entire community.

However, if we return to our metaphor of a dysfunctional family, we as a community are enabling the shelter. Much like the alcoholic in the family system, the city is attempting an “intervention” designed to bring the shelter into cooperation and collaboration with itself, and with other homeless service providers. Will it succeed? Let’s hope, as the lives and well-being of many homeless people hang in the balance.

Joy Redstone is director of the Student & Community Counseling Center at Naropa University. She is a former executive director of [Carriage] House. George Epp is a retired Boulder County sheriff [and board member of Carriage House].


Over four years ago, I posted this on my blog: Boulder, CO needs a homeless people’s day center open all week. I’ve also discussed so-called best practices for homeless shelters, specifically having shelter / services in ONE location instead of spread out all over town as we see here in Boulder. Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is it! No question about it, and if Greg Harms has to be fired for this to happen then so be it.

Having said this about a year-round day shelter, I remain absolutely opposed to “emergency” overnight shelters in the summertime. A little summer rain never hurt me, nor has it hurt anyone else I know who is homeless in Boulder, but I’ll grant you that a 100-Year Flood is a special circumstance which can be dealt with if and when it occurs again in our lifetimes (NOT likely).

The Primary Goal must be to reduce the numbers of transients using finite resources which should be prioritized for Boulder County’s own homeless men, women, and children. It would seem, however, that the yahoos running things want to KEEP the Alabama arsonists, Florida sex offenders, and other riffraff from all across the nation in our city year-round. NO, HELL NO!

(E-mailed to Boulder City Council)

John Tweedy column in the Daily Camera, and my e-mail reply


By Max R. Weller

Read the commentary here. Copied below in its entirety:

John Tweedy For the Camera

John Tweedy For the Camera

“Were you ever raped?”

It was a terrible thing to shout from the back of the middle-school auditorium to the beleaguered spokeswoman trying to calm a frightened and angry crowd, assembled in response to the notification that “sexually violent predator” Christopher Lawyer has been released back into Boulder. But the question touched on an emotional reality missing from the various official efforts to reassure us that his current residence at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is the least bad option available. Under the fear, dancing like electricity down the crowded aisles, breathed something heavier: some members of the audience themselves survived sexual assault.

I’m one of them. One summer afternoon in 1966, I was raped by a man who worked for my family. Hurt, scared, and ashamed, I never told my parents. The man quickly disappeared and was never confronted or caught. I can only assume he assaulted other kids. I was five.

That day privately but profoundly configured parts of my life, as the experience of rape at any age will do.

Thus, the label “sexually violent predator” gets my attention. But the work I’ve done to reconstruct my own history and heal my own trauma makes me especially aware that Mr. Lawyer is not simply a “predator.” He is a human being. Certainly complex — probably damaged, probably ill, hopefully struggling with remorse for a crime beyond cruelty. Assuming the best of him, he is no longer a rapist-in-waiting, but a man wanting a chance to begin anew. Assuming the worst, he will always be, as his label declares, a violent predator. The state of Colorado has put him through a process indicating the former. The community fears the latter. Like many, I do not understand his release.

Where do we go from here? The hard choice is the right one: we should accept him. By accept, I do not mean to forgive, or condone, or consider him “OK.” I do mean that we should realize, or remember, a few things.

First, beyond the danger he may individually pose, Mr. Lawyer’s presence among us symbolizes a more diffuse monstrosity that no public meeting can expel. The urge to rape blights the souls of men in many stations of society. It may stem from their own victimization, from mental illness, or from something else we helplessly call “evil.” Some rapists are sociopaths and perpetrate without qualm or remorse. Others battle against their secret selves with outward achievement and selflessness. Some rapists are homeless. Others are Ralphie-handlers, choirboys, star athletes, teachers or priests, whose cases we find “inexplicable.” Almost none announce in advance that they are “predators.” We can try to cast Mr. Lawyer and his label from our midst. But the rapists among us — and the sicknesses they carry — remain.

Second, the presenters at the community meeting were right: it is better to have Mr. Lawyer in a known location, with his ankle-monitor charged and his check-in bed established, than it is to have him calling in every night from a pay phone at an intersection, only to vanish. That’s what one of Boulder’s two other sexually violent predators currently does. Yes, we do have two others, and one of them is homeless, location unknown. I find that scarier than Mr. Lawyer’s situation, and yet there’s no uproar about it at all.

Third, he is a human being, and he has a legal right to exist. Each of us has the right to decide, based on our own history, how we feel about him today. But personal feelings should not dictate whom we include within our legal community. Christopher Lawyer is from here, and the law decrees that upon his release from custody he be returned here. A person whom the state has granted liberty has the right to exercise it, and a community that respects human rights should respect the rights of all. All means all.

I consider how I will feel, having published this, if Mr. Lawyer rapes again. The thought sickens me. I think of people who work in law enforcement and criminal justice, who face such prospects every day. In Mr. Lawyer’s mugshot, he is smiling. Perhaps it’s the vacant grin of a sociopath. Perhaps he’s hoping that a smile will persuade us that he’s committed to no longer being the person his label proclaims. Either way, he’s embarked on a journey back into the world. For all our sakes, I wish him success.

Email: john@landlockedfilms.com 


My e-mail to Mr. Tweedy is copied below:

Dear Mr. Tweedy,

In reply to your column in the Daily Camera — it’s very frustrating for me to read yet another well-intended opinion from somebody who has a false impression of what really happens at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. I speak from years of experience as a homeless man here in Boulder, CO who knows about BSH firsthand over that stretch of time.

NOBODY on staff there actually has either the training or experience to serve as a de facto corrections officer. A homeless shelter is not a halfway house. In fact, Christopher Lawyer will not be watched at all, and if he chooses to abscond from the Shelter only his monitoring device will alert the authorities. We must note recent history involving another Sexually Violent Predator, Kerry Whitfield.

I’m bothered by your statement, “I consider how I will feel, having published this, if Mr. Lawyer rapes again.” How will the new victims of Mr. Lawyer feel? Why should anybody give a tinker’s damn how you might feel? This is so very Boulder on your part, Mr. Tweedy. We have every right to protect the most vulnerable among us from predators!

You’re also overlooking the fact that Mr. Lawyer has his well-connected mother attempting to influence public officials on his behalf. Your “compassion ” is superfluous. Mr. Lawyer should NOT have been paroled this soon.

Please reconsider your support for the dark side . . .


There you have it, and now I think I’ll go into the restroom here at our Main Library and puke. The thought that a vulnerable homeless woman or female staff member at BSH could be attacked next is nauseating — Mr. Lawyer doesn’t even need to abscond from the facility! Mr. Tweedy needs an attitude adjustment, along with many other Boulderites suffering from what I’ll call Compassion Derangement Syndrome. A pox on all of ’em!

Greg Harms shows no remorse for enabling SVP Kerry Whitfield to commit new crimes in Boulder, CO


By Max R. Weller

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless executive director Greg Harms is a slickster with words, using them in commentaries published in the Daily Camera to create false impressions in the minds of his readers — although it’s without doubt true that nobody else is as impressed by Harms’ efforts, written or otherwise, as he is himself. I now believe the poor man is deluded . . .

See: The best option in a difficult situation from the DC. Excerpt copied below, which is what I’ll focus on in this post:

The reason the shelter accepts local sex offenders is that law enforcement believes, and we concur, that the community is safer when offenders are sleeping at the shelter rather than living on the streets. When someone has served their time and is released from prison, it is up to the state Parole Board to determine the conditions of the release. Parolees are released back to the location of their prosecution, which, in Mr. Lawyer’s case, is Boulder County. Neither the shelter nor local law enforcement has any control over the conditions of the release. When a sex offender is released into our community, and they are homeless, there are really only two options. The offender can stay at the shelter at night, or live on the streets 24-hours a day.

What happens when a convicted sex offender is no longer on parole? IN FACT, they are then free to go anywhere they choose inside or outside of Colorado. The requirement to register as a sex offender with local law enforcement continues for life, but many offenders fail to do so.

Which brings us to “Sexually Violent Predator” Kerry Whitfield of Denver, CO. His original crime was committed in that city, but a few years ago he arrived in Boulder while still on parole. He was promptly accepted into BSH’s First Step / Transition Program, but one day decided to leave without notice to anyone. A series of arrests followed as he continued to utilize local homeless shelter / services providers for support; these included Bridge House and BSH as well as others. At some point, Mr. Whitfield began selling drugs on or near the premises of Boulder Shelter to homeless women he met there. See: Women say Boulder sexual predator assaulted them after they bought drugs from him. Article copied below in its entirety:

A sexually violent predator arrested last week reportedly sexually assaulted two women who were buying drugs from him, including one woman who said he assaulted her dozens of times over the course of a month.

Kerry Fitzgerald Whitfield, 51, was arrested in Longmont on Thursday on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault on a physically helpless victim and one count of unlawful sale of a controlled substance.

According to an arrest affidavit, a woman went to Boulder police in October and said Whitfield sexually assaulted her about a month prior. The woman said Whitfield is known as “Special K” and is known as a source of drugs such as heroin, morphine, speed and “oxy.”

On Sept. 19, the woman contacted Whitfield to buy heroin from him. After taking the drugs, the woman said the two were sleeping in the van when he sexually assaulted her (I understand this occurred in the parking lot of Bustop Gentlemen’s Club, next door to BSH — MRW).

In the second case, a woman came to police this month and said Whitfield had sexually assaulted her last summer, according to the affidavit.

The woman said she met Whitfield in August of 2015 to buy drugs from him (I understand that they met at BSH — MRW). She said he began to withhold the drugs from her and began to demand sexual favors.

The woman said Whitfield sexually assaulted her more than 30 times over the course of the month, and that he also made her perform sexual acts with other women buying drugs from him so he could videotape them.

Whitfield’s history includes 22 arrests in Washington between 1982 and 1998 and at least 50 arrests in Colorado since 1998.

Whitfield is currently in custody at the Boulder County Jail on $500,000 bond while he awaits a formal filing of charges on Tuesday.

“In every case, the filing decision is ultimately determined by what the admissable evidence is and whether we can prove the crimes we charge,” said Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett. “But we do also look at the criminal history of a defendant.”

As a sexually violent predator, Whitfield is required to register his address and local law enforcement is required to send out a bulletin to the community he moves to. Whitfield had been registering with both Boulder — where he lived out of his van — and in Aurora, where he worked.

In the past several years, Boulder County law enforcement agencies have sent out several bulletins on Whitfield, the most recent being in March, a few weeks before the second woman came to police.

Boulder Sheriff Joe Pelle said there is always a concern when a sexually violent predator moves into the area.

“They’re termed ‘sexually violent predators,’ and a part of the criteria for obtaining that classification is a high risk of re-offending,” Pelle said.

In cases where the sexually violent predators are still on parole or probation, Pelle said there are ways to monitor their movement and their behavior. But for sexually violent predators who move in to the county not currently serving out a sentence — as Whitfield was — Pelle said there is not much law enforcement can do aside from make sure they keep up their registration and send out the necessary bulletins.

“The bottom line is they’ve been through this system, they’ve been through prison or parole, and there’s not a way to prevent them from coming back into the community,” Pelle said. “The best we can do is raise community awareness.”

Pelle also said a challenge of keeping track of some sexually violent predators is that many can’t find housing and jobs due to their status. Because of this, many register as either transient or list vehicles as an address, as Whitfield did with his van.”

“When they’re homeless or living out of a car, they are even more difficult for us to keep track of,” Pelle said. “It’s a double-edged sword.”

Garnett said the laws need to allow sex offenders the chance to rehabilitate while also trying to keep the community safe.

“It’s a difficult situation,” Garnett said. “We have to balance the need for people to rehabilitate and to integrate back into the community with the obligation that everybody in law enforcement has to protect the community, particularly from someone as dangerous as a sex offender.” 

Kerry Whitfield

Most recent news on Kerry Whitfield is from this past January: Boulder ‘sexually violent predator’ Kerry Whitfield released from custody from the Daily Camera.

What do you suppose would happen if Mr. Whitfield showed up on the doorstep of BSH today, wanting to apply for the 90-day Summer Bed Program or the First Step / Transition Program? I can fearlessly predict that he would be welcomed — per the twisted leadership of executive director Greg Harms. BTW, the folks running other homeless shelters across America also do NOT agree with accepting registered sex offenders into their facilities; are we to believe what Mr. Harms implies, that only he is right and everyone else is wrong?

What’s the real reason for providing parole beds to perverts, anyway? See this DC report: Colorado paying $280 a week for ‘sexually violent predator’ to live at Boulder homeless shelter. Strange, but Greg Harms forgot to mention the $$$ in his commentary . . . Compare that $280 to the going rate of $25 per week paid by other program residents (who can do extra chores and have that modest fee waived altogether).

Because he’s now off parole, Colorado DOC would not pay for Kerry Whitfield to again stay at the [Harms Hotel], but the executive director is so full of himself he probably still believes he can help to “rehabilitate” these characters. Most rational people would disagree:

Maybe it’s time for folks in the neighborhood to take a more militant stance!