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The county prison overcrowding equation a difficult challenge

August 20, 2013

The Lycoming County Prison has spent $120,000 on inmate housing costs in the first seven months of 2013....

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spike2

Aug-20-13 8:38 AM

Day Reporting has not materialized yet. Fighting treatment continues. No realization that most of the users are now Lycoming County residents and teenagers. Capricorn is correct. We must treat the addiction and incarcerate dealers. Dealers are those who sell for profit, not those who have enough drugs in their possession to make it through another day.

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Capricorn1

Aug-20-13 8:32 AM

I believe Campana has the wrong attitude regarding day reporting and rehab facilities being placed within city limits. Drug abuse is a growing problem in this city and if these facilities can aid in the treatment and education of our addicts, then everyone should be behind them. We all complain about how our tax dollars are spent, yet we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars locking up users instead of trying to treat their addiction. It makes no sense. Instead of treating addiction like a crime, it needs to be treated like the disease it is.

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DavidBross

Aug-20-13 7:30 AM

This is an excellent editorial because it "sets the table" very nicely and that is a very valuable thing to do when discussing a complex problem. This editorial is what I look forward to reading rather than that simplistic diatribe that appeared yesterday. It was filled with certainty and answers and quite useless in my opinion. And I even agree with its assessment of the folly of limiting the size of soda. Both as an intrusion into personal choice and as a way to deal with a significant health and social issue.

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MrShaman

Aug-20-13 5:42 AM

"Alternatives such as the supervised release program are helping ease the prison overcrowding, but it's too soon to figure out whether they are a long-term solution."

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So...the purpose of this editorial is WHAT?????

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