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'A PERFECT STORM'

District judges: 1st stop in the court system

March 26, 2013

(EDITOR’S NOTE: A consultant recently recommended Lycoming County spend $40 million on a new prison to keep up with demand for cell space....

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MrShaman

Mar-26-13 10:01 AM

"I read the letter from a concerned citizen about trash on the I-180 ramps and beltway towards Muncy. Let’s do this: Offer the person who owes $800.00 in fines an option. Reduce their fine to $200.00 if they promise to complete community service and clean up the trash." - z3r0c00l

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AGREED...with reservations. There is the issue of Liability (i.e. someone getting injured; in-process). That would have to be resolved.

Also, why (merely) lower their fine? Why not assign an hourly-rate, for their labor, and make them work-off the entire fine?

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MrShaman

Mar-26-13 9:52 AM

"I have a problem with defendants who are unable to pay being directed to essentially "beg" from family and friends. i would imagine receiving a call from someone who does not typically go to jail, puts the parent, brother, sister, or friend in a very uncomfortable position. I find judicial directed "begging" inappropriate." - spike2

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You're just gonna HAVE to learn to say "NO!"...no matter how "uncomfortable" that might be.

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MrShaman

Mar-26-13 9:46 AM

"We could also privatize the prison..." - Justin1

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NO!!!! Privately-run prisons have MUCH-less stringent oversight, than state-managed facilities...that have QUALIFIED-staff.

Case closed.

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MimLogue

Mar-26-13 9:39 AM

These Dui are some of the problem we are the only county that demands 2 days in jail for first offense We give no bread and butter licenses, Young fathers who lose license have more problems holding a job & supporting family causing strife in the marriage and more problems,Many of them drive anyway and get caught more mandatory time,

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z3r0c00l

Mar-26-13 8:55 AM

We need to be smarter. Learn from the mistakes of others where building new jails are not solving problem and instead draining their economy. California as example.

Let’s think about this proactively. Spend the $40 million on our educational system. Give people the skill and talent they need to succeed. They will work, build homes, pay taxes and be productive.

I read the letter from a concerned citizen about trash on the I-180 ramps and beltway towards Muncy. Let’s do this: Offer the person who owes $800.00 in fines an option. Reduce their fine to $200.00 if they promise to complete community service and clean up the trash.

Point is, we need fresh ideas. Not a new jail. What's the next step? Where can we read the recommendation from the consultant for $40 Million on new jail space? We need to provide better input and ideas to improve our community.

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nobud74

Mar-26-13 8:47 AM

I think we need to look at why there are so many in prison. Mandatory sentences sounded like a great idea, but don't appear to have done the trick. Also, when putting someone in prison to pay a fine you, as Whiteman said, defeat the purpose and actually put more burden on the taxpayer. We need different solutions, different ideas. Low risk and non-violent offenders should be imprisoned as a last resort. It is a mess and it's going to cost all of us more.

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spike2

Mar-26-13 8:32 AM

I have a problem with defendants who are unable to pay being directed to essentially "beg" from family and friends. i would imagine receiving a call from someone who does not typically go to jail, puts the parent, brother, sister, or friend in a very uncomfortable position. I find judicial directed "begging" inappropriate.

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jeff33

Mar-26-13 8:29 AM

It's all about the money! Like the J.P. said get me my MONEY! Call who ever you have to, but get me my money!

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Justin1

Mar-26-13 8:24 AM

Looks like a great time to reassess county properties! Now if we simply had an adequate gas severence tax on par with states like Wyoming, we could buy ourselves a real sweet new prison. We could also privatize the prison and let someone from Texas run it! They already do that with all the other local businesses. We could let the company pay taxes in Texas too, so they don't have to support the cost of the next new prison! Case closed.

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