Apr 3, 2011 12:02 PM by Matt Stafford

Iraqis rebuilding, touring El Paso County facilities for ideas

Iraqi leaders made a visit to El Paso County Saturday, hoping to learn from local correctional facilities.

A delegation from Iraq's Ministry of Justice visited the Criminal Justice Center in Colorado Springs. They're on a multi-state tour with U.S. Army personnel, visiting correctional facilities at several different levels (federal, state, and county).

Iraq's Senior Deputy Minister of Justice, Ali Ibrahim Bousho, told News First 5 that throughout the war, Iraq's correctional facilities were badly damaged. U.S. Forces have helped set up new ones in the country, but the two systems differ. They current trip is to get a better understanding of how Americans make their system work at home; hopefully helping them handle the still-forming Iraqi correctional system.

"To come in and see how the system works in America so we can understand it better, and be able to work with it better back in Iraq." Ali Ibrahim Bousho said through a translator.

Sheriff Terry Maketa tells NF5 that the delegation wanted to tour El Paso County's facilities because of their rehabilitation and integration programs for inmates.


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