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Letter to the editor: Demands too high

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:01 am

I am a law-abiding citizen. Nevertheless, I am concerned and have personally experienced unattainable expectations from participants in the Allen County Adult Probation Program.

Certainly I am for alternative programs for non-violent offenders. Yet I am personally observing a “lose-lose” situation for some of the participants. In fact, in my opinion, to achieve and complete all the stipulations within certain programs is nearly unattainable.

Perhaps some of the regulations or guidelines of the stipulations within these programs should be re-evaluated. Also, some of the programs may be too demanding and are unsuitable for participants to accomplish.

It appears as if most of the stipulations’ fees, jobs, classes and transportation demands seem counterproductive for most participants to achieve. The demands for the stipulations, as well as the basic obligations such as rent, clothes, child support, food and insurance for their families are too demanding. Yet, when participants are not in compliance to these stipulations, the ACAP office violates these individuals, and more harm is done to the families as well as their livelihood to become productive citizens to our community.

Nevertheless, I do know that continually “locking up” these non-violent offenders is not the answer. I feel as a law-abiding and concerned citizen that some of these program guidelines ought to be re-evaluated or modified. Together, we must display our concerns for these young people who are our most precious resource.

Willodean Bates