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Lycoming County prison problems, costs multi-faceted

July 19, 2013

Lycoming County paid Clinton County $16,497 to house inmates in May. Lycoming County will pay an estimated $35,000 to Clinton County in June to house inmates....

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Jul-23-13 9:04 AM

To much money is being made by people in power, whether legitimate power or power taken by strength and oppression and those people in power don't mind sacrificing a few junkies or addicts to make their money. Fix that and then you can probably start to address the addiction problem. Addiction is a symptom of the problem.

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Jul-20-13 10:54 AM

Spike I agree 100% and I have been stating that fact for a long time. Trillions of dollars have been spent over the years on the war on drugs and the biggest achievement has been to lockup small time users that are overwhelming our prisons. Like you stated, with addiction comes crime. Why not a war on addiction and try and combat that disease like any other disease? Even if you only are successful in getting 25% of addicts clean, the money invested would have been worth it. Crime would decrease, prison population would decrease, it would allow these addicts to work and be productive, and in turn get many off the government dole. They are placing their money and efforts on the wrong end of the snake.

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Jul-20-13 7:18 AM

Gysgt - Don't you think we would benefit from having multiple resources available for those who meet a strictly constructed residency requirement and are addicted? Addiction is classified as a disease. We do not incarcerate any other known diseases with the possible exception of mental health. Granted, with an addiction and use comes infractions of the Crimes Code such as paraphernalia and possession for personal use. Given the large number of addicts, who are "local" people, why not try every known means including methadone maintenance? West Branch D&A does a good job but funds are also limited. I just believe if money is going to be the cure, all areas should be considered and funded in a blanket effort to eradicate this growing problem.

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Jul-19-13 2:34 PM

Spike I agree... the war on drugs has not worked and the main cause for prison overpopulation. You can't sentence someone to sobriety. I don't understand why they couldn't use Sheridan school as a day reporting center instead of auctioning it off. What better place to offer these non violent offenders education and training.

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Jul-19-13 11:57 AM

You're right Spike. Furthermore, if you're going to put something 'outside the city', how about you just load the criminals on a bus and send them to Philadelphia. Philly didn't have any problem sending them here to begin with.. Thank you for that Jesse Bloom

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Jul-19-13 6:31 AM

The city should become realistic in it's approach to criminality and drug abuse. Placing a Day reporting Center outside the city limits is ridiculous for more reasons than space allows. The mayor and the District Attorney have both supported increased law enforcement. Increased law enforcement can certainly help IF those who deal drugs in quantity are the target. The city and the county must accept that the drug and alcohol issues are the root of most criminal activity, homelessness, neglected children and much of the criminal behavior. An approach using multiple modalities is the only chance at true success. We can't wish the crime problems nor the drug problems away. What sense does it make to eliminate any service within the city when the city is the hub for a county?

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