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May opening for day reporting center?

February 15, 2014

The Lycoming County commissioners are eyeing a portion of the county’s Pine Street Executive Plaza as a primary location for a day-reporting center, according to county Commissioner Jeff Wheelan....

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Feb-17-14 3:23 PM

No Millwe, it is a bleeding heart like yours that caused this country to be in the shape it is

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Feb-16-14 9:06 AM

I think it would be better if it would be done in house.Purchase the latest in monitoring ankle bracelets. They have GPS and Alcohol and Drug detection.It could be set up in a small office. The prison, court house, work release? I'm thinking there has to be a place we already own. Set up the monitoring at the 911 center maybe. That would fit right in.Work with the judges,attorneys and sheriffs department to set up standards & guidelines. Include non-violent offenders and make a change with the non paying child support violators. Instead of locking them up and losing their job. (if they have a job) Monitor them and let them work so they can pay their support. Hire X amount of people for the sheriffs dept. to do the monitoring. That will give us more trained people in the sheriffs dept. They can move to regular duties if someone retires or quits, and they will already be trained. Let more out of prison,child support and fines being paid,charge other prisons for housing.

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Feb-15-14 5:13 PM

Millwe, if I read you right, you are saying that incarceration is bad for a community. While I agree that incarceration has not worked for our "war" on drugs we do have many non-violent offenders in our system that need to be monitored. Perhaps instead of saying that incarceration is bad for a community, we start by addressing the drug problem. Incarceration is not bad, the people who break the laws are bad. However, the severity of the offense needs to be taken into account when meting out punishment.

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Feb-15-14 5:01 PM

Before passing judgment, perhaps everyone should do a little research regarding these centers. They are used nationwide resulting in the savings of millions of dollars. Many of these centers are run by government contractors because they have found that they are able to offer more services under one roof than employees of the government and at a reduced rate per defendant. I'm sure when you figure in salary, healthcare, retirement and other benefits of government employees, it makes sense. Many government departments are now contracting out services because it's more cost effective. Judge Nancy Butts is a very smart woman and she has been working on this initiative for a long time and I think everyone needs to hold their judgment until they see the results. If Lycoming County has similar results as many other counties nationwide, it should save taxpayers a lot of money while helping these defendants become productive citizens.

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Feb-15-14 2:09 PM

GEO is private, I interviewed for a position.-brownfox91

Having a private business doing this is wrong. I would guess that they would be "lobbying" to make sure that they have enough "costumers". I believe that this is exactly what happened with children in this state not that long ago--again, it is wrong. Our penal system should not be linked to private business/income.-Scott

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Feb-15-14 1:05 PM

Does anybody have any other ideas besides incarceration??? I'd like to hear them. It's negativity such as this that disables a community.

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Feb-15-14 11:22 AM

Well, rick424, it may be wrong but it sure sounds like a done deal. Frankly, if they're going to do this, the location sounds about as good as it gets. The only thing that concerns me is the private GEO folks. Is there NO ONE in our local/state corrections system who can do this? Wackenhut, indeed!

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Feb-15-14 10:36 AM

This is just wrong.

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Feb-15-14 10:21 AM

GEO is private, I interviewed for a position.

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Feb-15-14 10:00 AM

Where is the money for this coming from? Is it money that would normally be going to the prison is redirected from the prison to the reporting center, or is it new money we need to raise?

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Feb-15-14 9:24 AM

Could be a very worthwhile endeavor on behalf of the taxpayers who must bear the cost.

Working people are still reeling after finding out they have to pay for such items as s-e-x changes!!!! If that came up in PA, being the liberal state it is, the taxpayers would have to cough up!!!!

So, give the Day Center a chance and hope it works for everyone involved.

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Feb-15-14 9:19 AM

I like this location. The drug dealers already hang out downtown. Easy to report in, buy your drugs, be on your way to the next crime.

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Feb-15-14 7:33 AM

Google GEO Group? Is this privatized corrections?

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