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October 27, 2013

I am appalled at the condition of Williamsport and its lousy, moronic drug users, pushing, etc. I’m disgusted with Williamsport for letting these people come here for treatment as everyone know....

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Oct-29-13 12:05 PM

Thank you USA born, my thoughts exactly, from reading her previous letters. Some compassion please.

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Oct-28-13 2:47 AM

So, instead of 70% recidivism rate, it drops to 63% (a 10% drop) with rehabilitation? -Erik

Erik read my post again. First off only 20% are getting the help they need and as many as 35% are remaining drug free once they do get the help. As far as the recidivism rate, it lowers it as much as 18% and they need to concentrate on other factors that cause them to reoffend, such as job training and placement. Our prison system needs to concentrate on rehabilitation more than punishment because the majority of inmates are locked up to begin with because of drug and alcohol abuse and the current way of doing things is failing miserably.

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Oct-27-13 10:41 PM

Thank you for those who gave Stephanie the benefit of the doubt. I only sense her frustration and it was louder than her grammatical errors.

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Oct-27-13 8:22 PM

Letters can be passionately honest but the content is what bothers me. It always amazes me how such simple-minds really believe there are simple solutions and then put themselves in a position of authority to "judge" others. Educate yourself a little bit before forming an opinion on something you have little or now experience with.

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Oct-27-13 4:32 PM

erik: "And you still think that is money well spent?"

Ask the people who have NOT been robbed by the 10% that are no longer robbing people and I'll be they will tell you it was money well spent.

Dollar for dollar, money spent on treatment brings a greater return. Ask the people on the front lines of this thing.

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Oct-27-13 3:10 PM


So, instead of 70% recidivism rate, it drops to 63% (a 10% drop) with rehabilitation?

And you still think that is money well spent?

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Oct-27-13 2:50 PM

Rehabilitation fails in most cases. -Erik

I would have to disagree. Nationwide studies show that approximately 70% of male inmates will be re-incarcerated within 3 years of release. However, those involved in the criminal justice system have rates of substance abuse and dependence that are more than four times higher than the general population and fewer than 20 percent of federal and state prisoners who meet the criteria receive treatment. Effectiveness-Studies have shown that inmates who participate in residential treatment programs while incarcerated have 9 to 18 percent lower recidivism rates and 15 to 35 percent lower drug relapse rates than their counterparts who receive no treatment in prison.

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Oct-27-13 12:36 PM

radioactive, I am with you on the get over blaming Jessie Bloom front. How many years ago was she mayor? How is she responsible for what is going on here today? How do you explain this very same phenomenon going on in Wilkes Barre, Scranton, Allentown. etc? He roin and the crime associated with it is a nationwide epidemic.

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Oct-27-13 10:44 AM

As long as there’s a thriving, profitable market for illegal drugs there’ll be a criminal enterprise eager to profit from it. Efforts should be aimed at drying up that market. History proves that concentrating on the supply side is dangerous, costly and fruitless.

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Oct-27-13 10:06 AM

"Clean that town up or else."

"The town is dead."

You want to clean up a dead town.

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Oct-27-13 10:06 AM

I stand by my comments from yesterday.

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Oct-27-13 10:04 AM

"They all should be put on a boat and sunk in the ocean for stupidity and crimes."

Lord have mercy! She is really into drowning.

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Oct-27-13 8:59 AM

Turning Williamsport into a halfway house for criminals was foolish.

Rehabilitation fails in most cases.

In essence, Williamsport flooded the community with unrepentant criminals.

Did Williamsport have a drug problem before? Of course. Did Williamsport have crime? Of course.

However, the import of un-rehabilitated criminals accelerated the problem.

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Oct-27-13 8:11 AM

How can they clean the town when they sit back and watch the drug deals? While I feel sorry for those people who use drugs because they are mentally ill the question then is HOW do we help them when they don't see their problem in the first place. This comes back to the mentally ill who for their own safety should be forced to get help BUT unless they hurt someone first there is nothing a family member can do to help.

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Oct-27-13 6:53 AM

Stephanie Crayton writes like a senior citizen who hasn't had a lot of education. Does that make her a crazy person? A bad person? Or is she writing as best she can about her frustration at what is happening in the city she has spent so many years living in? Watching as so many changes take place that have not been for the good?

I think instead of making fun of her, you should try and understand that a little kinder.

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Oct-27-13 5:42 AM

"in many ways makes sense."

I beg to differ. It sounds more like an emotionally driven rant with not a whole lot of thought behind it. It sounds more like a vent over a frustrating problem than a quest for a solution, other than the boat to be sunk in the ocean...

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Oct-27-13 4:41 AM

"The ex-moronic mayor of years ago is guilty of bringing this on the city and area."

I'm still amazed how so many still blame Jessie Bloom for our current drug epidemic. This epidemic is a national problem, not just a local one. The war on drugs has been just as much of a failure as prohibition. If anything, not enough money and resources were spent on rehabilitation and treatment. They attempted to stop the supply without trying to curb the demand. The war in Afghanistan can also be a contributing factor to the nation's current h e r o i n epidemic. The Taliban was extremely successful in eliminating 99% of opiate production during their rule, but during the war, the U.S. government turned a blind eye to it in order to gain intelligence from farmers. The result being Afghanistan is now the leading source of h e r o i n. It is cheap and widely available. I doubt Ms. Bloom had any part in these decisions that effect the entire nation.

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