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County ships inmates out at a high rate

July 13, 2013

Solving the overcrowding problem in the Lycoming County prison system was the main topic of discussion at Friday’s prison board meeting....

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Jul-13-13 2:26 PM

so everything is due to corruption? bull.. it's from people who are irresponsible. people cant be helped who dont want the help. if they dont want to change then rehab and what not will not work. people need to stop pointing fingers at law enforcement and own up to their own faults. the way you talk sideliner, i get the feeling you spent some time in either the county prison or prc

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Jul-13-13 9:30 AM

"drive out into the woods and drop them off and hope they never come back."

Zippie, this essentially is already being done. But instead of the woods, our undesirables and throw-aways end up in public housing projects, ghettos, and other such neighborhoods. You know, all those places the "good" people would dare not venture and most of whom are hardly aware of their existence.

LA's Skid Row is a prime example of that. It is so close to a booming economic center and couldn't be farther away in terms of its inhabitants' realities.

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Jul-13-13 9:25 AM

Agreed that respect for the law, or at lest law enforcers, is declining. But with continued corruption, lawlessness by corporate, political, and financial elite, discriminatory enforcement, and justice meted out by how much of it one can afford, is there any wonder?

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Jul-13-13 8:10 AM

Do like people that no longer want their cats or dogs ... drive out into the woods and drop them off and hope they never come back.

Seriously, this problem will never get solved. Each generation is getting worse and people have no respect for each other or the law.

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Jul-13-13 7:29 AM

I'm glad someone recognizes that. You're not being well served by law enforcement there. It's costing you money to lock people up for petty violations. That, and the fact that the Williamsport police department is so corrupt and ineffective.

You're paying for this. It's up to you to force change.

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Jul-13-13 6:57 AM

My guess is that most parole violations are technical drug/alcohol in nature with no new criminal offense. So much for higher enforcement levels to reduce drug use, the stated root of the city's crime problem.

This new push by the DA in "stepping up ****** battle" puts more pressure on an already stressed county prison system, but the need for more prison space should make clear that more of the same will do little to actually reduce the problem, drug related crime.

Regardless, get ready for a lot high-fives and atta-boys coming out of the offices of the DA, the mayor, and the police chief as they lock up more and more addicts and low level street dealers.

But really tackle the issue and solve the problem? Hardly. This new show of force will do little more than show voters that SOMETHING is being done while it makes a lot of people feel good for their wasted time, resources, and efforts.

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