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LETTER: More than just bail reform

Posted 9/27/22

Recently, the community and the administration discussed the problems concerning robberies and “bail reform.” I would like to weigh in a bit where there was no mention.  At the beginning of the …

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LETTER: More than just bail reform

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Recently, the community and the administration discussed the problems concerning robberies and “bail reform.” I would like to weigh in a bit where there was no mention. 

At the beginning of the summer, I choose to telephone each and every judge’s office to see if we could TALK about their plans and recommendations once a person gets arrested. I got no answers, or I got the response “you can’t talk with the Judge!” (I will remember that the next time some judge wants a mental status).

It is my belief that people who commit crimes do not have to leave incarceration until there is a complete plan in place. That takes some work with each and every facet of the criminal justice system (not the Police Department). I called the Drug Court over three times and got no answers. Who are the people involved?

In private practice WE are left out of most meetings, involvements in any listings for therapy — but rest assured insurance companies and doctors will still depend on our services.

In closing, the administration talks about bail reform. It’s not. It’s about much more. The fact remains the minute the judicial system lets the person leave (and the public defender co-signs this behavior), and there is no mandated treatment in writing (and yes it can be done) we will not be a healthy society.

— Barbara Lee Pfendler Ruiz, Rome

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