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Trip to Luzerne County facility highlights pros

September 22, 2013

The chronic overcrowding at Lycoming County Prison raises the question of who really should remain behind bar....

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nobud74

Sep-22-13 6:19 AM

The prison over crowding is in large part attributable to drug crimes and other non-violent crimes such as DUI and dead beat dads. None of these problems is cured by imprisonment, but DUI is a money maker and facilitator of law enforcement growth, drugs are one way law enforcement justifies its budget and dead beat dads can't pay if they are in prison. This is not to suggest I am in favor of any of these, but it is that we spend so much and get so little in return that we need to rethink our stance and spending to become more effective.

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MrShaman

Sep-22-13 6:23 AM

"County President Judge Nancy Butts was the one to suggest a day-reporting center in Williamsport as a multifaceted answer, not just to "free up bodies," but with the above benefits in mind, along with increased level of surveillance and accountability.

"We can't just put people in jail and expect them to come out and be different," Butts said."

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Whatta perfect example of deep-sixing "Three Strikes"...and, allowing judges to do-their-job!!!!

Well DONE, Judge Nancy!!!!!

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devildog

Sep-22-13 7:38 AM

So interesting to see Judge Butts advocating for rehabilitative measures for inmates, yet she refuses to allow bail after 9 months, to a 100% disabled 20 year veteran who can receive free care at a VA facility. This inmate who suffered knee damage due to negligent medical care while incarcerated at the lycoming county prison, is listed as in need of a knee replacement. Also on record is evidence the inmate is in need of mental care and evaluation from PTSD. Family members have begged Judge Butts and prison officials for most of the 9 months to allow monitored bail conditions for the inmate so he may seek needed ADEQUATE care. Both parties have become unresponsive to all request, while prison board members read us a prepared statement to the effect that the prisoner is being held as a flight risk. It is my understanding that under state law, bail can not be denied solely for the purpose of retention to avoid flight. I am a strong advocate of rehabilitation efforts, requested and denie

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Capricorn1

Sep-22-13 2:28 PM

I'm still at a loss as why they haven't looked at possibly using one of the schools that they plan on auctioning off as a day reporting center. They are talking about spending close to a million dollars to build a center when they already have buildings available that would be perfect for this application. What better place to provide training and education than a school house.

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Capricorn1

Sep-22-13 2:36 PM

Nobud, I agree. Locking up nonviolent offenders serves no purpose and too often they come out of being locked up worse than when they went in. A center such as this would be perfect for those found guilty of the types of offenses you outlined. Judge Butts once said that she has never been able to sentence anyone to sobriety and that is so true. This would be a perfect opportunity to get the users rehabilitation. Drug test them each day they report and help them get control of their lives. I think a big reason Campana is against this is because they were talking about using the former Mater Dolorosa Church property and his family were long time members of that Parrish and they strongly protested when it closed.

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