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Former commissioner: County prison still useful

March 28, 2013

A former Lycoming County commissioner who served on its board from 2000 to 2011 said the county doesn’t need a new prison and can make due with what it now has or even build a regional facility that......

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MrShaman

Mar-28-13 6:08 AM

"Burke said the prison - along with the county's court system - has been doing things the right way, as evidenced by several County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania awards honoring Lycoming County for best practices in handling its prison housing needs.

"I think you have to look at what has changed. Obviously something has changed at the state level that perhaps is requiring incarceration," she said, referring to mandatory minimum sentences."

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How 'bout we "build" (for the time, being) on what we're doing, RIGHT...rather-than (automatically) resorting to what this Country's BEEN doing...the more-"convenient" route...building more prison-space, and (quite possibly) turning management over to more-"professional" services?

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DavidBross

Mar-28-13 8:33 AM

"It's a rare occurrence to find one of our citizens caught up in the legal system or faced with incarceration that has had a set of dedicated parents and exposure to organized religion." This is the kind of tunnel vision that comes from living in an area where you don't have to rub shoulders with the wide variety of people that populate our globe.

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betsyross

Mar-28-13 9:12 AM

Daviv,he may have tunnel vision and be underexposed to all segments of society but the statement is true.

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DavidBross

Mar-28-13 9:21 AM

I will agree about the impact of dedicated parents. But the part about being exposed to organized religion is simply not true. For me it shows how a person can take their personal experiences and refer to them as if they are universal truths. That is a much harder view to hold when you live somewhere where you must deal with people who see things very differently from you and yet function successfully and contribute to the well being of society.

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MrShaman

Mar-28-13 9:39 AM

"Daviv,he may have tunnel vision and be underexposed to all segments of society but the statement is true." - betsyross

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You've (quite) obviously never been exposed to (some) Ministers' children...who'd been considered some o' the most-brazen "outlaws", in their younger-years...not to mention those "conservative pillars-of-the-community", who've (eventually) been busted for violations of financial/sexual-nature, due to their (self-imposed) repressive-lifestyle.

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betsyross

Mar-28-13 10:55 AM

And you, MrShaman have quite obviously have never been exposed to statistics. The statemeent is true. "It's a rare occurrence to find one of our citizens caught up in the legal system or faced with incarceration that has had a set of dedicated parents and exposure to organized religion." The definition of rare is not occurring very often, uncommon ,unusual , infrequent .

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spike2

Mar-28-13 12:53 PM

parents - true, organized - religion. incorrect. How many inmates and families have you had contact with?

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MrShaman

Mar-28-13 1:14 PM

"The definition of rare is not occurring very often, uncommon ,unusual , infrequent."

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...ALL, of which, are relative-terms.

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