Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: A solution to jail crowding

January 6, 2018

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To the editor:

In regard to the Jan. 1 article about numbers at the Douglas County Jail, the arrest numbers are down, but the crowding is causing inmates to be “farmed out” at increasing numbers. According to the article, this is threatening the re-entry program. Programs for low-level offenders to receive help and training (which address domestic violence, substance abuse, criminal thinking and educational opportunities) cannot be received when inmates are farmed out (40 percent of the female inmates were farmed out in 2016). Research shows that these programs make a difference.

From the article, which did a good job of summarizing the annual report, it seems that the crowding problem is connected to a change in a state statute redefining a speedy trial from 90 days to 150 in some felony cases. This allows the attorneys more time to prepare cases or get on the docket.

If there is a need to increase the time to prepare cases (or there are too few attorneys to handle these cases), maybe there is a need for more attorney hours to get the job done. Investigation into the need to hire more resources for the court system may shine some light on whether the problem of overcrowding could be solved quickly with more judges, courtrooms and attorneys. This may be less expensive and quicker. Increased money to manage the “system,” rather than manage housing and the shuffling of inmates around the state, may help all concerned.

Comments

Bob Summers 1 month, 2 weeks ago

More lawyers?

The problem for prison residents is their years of inculcation in government schools.

These lost souls need better training at a younger age.

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 1 month, 2 weeks ago

There is no way I would agree that there are not enough attorneys, ever.

Alana Winner 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Bob Summers, you are one of the most annoying polarizing dunderheads that is a regular in the comments section. I dislike seeing your comments but have for years. I don't look at them for 6 months or so...then look again, and you are still here. Government schooling has little to do with criminal behavior. Crime has a lot to do with poverty, but it is one of many factors. Could you do us a favor and not comment if you do not know what you are talking about?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month, 2 weeks ago

" I don't look at them for 6 months or so...then look again, and you are still here." And still saying the same thing over and over.

P Allen Macfarlane 1 month, 1 week ago

"...you are one of the most annoying polarizing dunderheads..." More name calling. Are we all back in elementary school now? You have a perfectly good comment that you weakened by name calling. I'm sure you can do better than that.

Bob Summers 1 month, 1 week ago

Alana,

Government schooling has little to do with criminal behavior. Crime has a lot to do with poverty, but it is one of many factors.

Sound education is the foundation that leads people out of poverty.

Or, did you not know that?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month, 1 week ago

Leads them where? You have either believed the lies, or you are pushing them. Never mind that greedy companies take their businesses out of the country and pay lousy wages. Squirrel!!! It's the schools' fault. Drug companies are pushing doctors to sell opioids and get people addicted. Squirrel!!! Marijuana. Russia interferes with US and other countries' election. Squirrel!! North Korea.

Bob Summers 1 month, 1 week ago

"Leads them where?"

This post from a government inculcation specialist. aka Teacher.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 1 month, 1 week ago

How about funding our court systems, so that people can get a speedy trial. 150 days is not a speedy trial.

Bob Summers 1 month, 1 week ago

Why a trial at all?

Do like Obama did.

Just assassinate like he did Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki

Bob Smith 1 month, 1 week ago

The end game of the disappointed progressives appears to be eliminating crime by making everything legal. /may contain hyperbole, your mileage may vary, void where prohibited, close cover before striking/

Alana Winner 1 month, 1 week ago

Just FYI:: Here is a good paper from AU about the accumulation of things that add to the probability of criminal behavior.

http://www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au/Documents/CJB/cjb54.pdf Sorry for calling Bob a dunderhead.

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