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Letter to the Editor – Public Safety Measure

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Vote Yes on Measure 21-186 for Public Safety

In response to a recent letter to the editor written by Jim Harper, he is correct, jails can be short term holding facilities, but keep in mind incarcerated individuals can remain in custody pre-trial for several months prior to their sentencing.  The sentencing Judge has the authority to sentence these individuals with no credit for time served on their one year sentence, also keep in mind, the one year maximum sentence is per criminal charge.  Many individuals have multiple criminal charges, with the potential for multiple one year sentences, to be served consecutively.  Felony sentences up to one year are served in the local (Lincoln County Jail) correctional facility – refer to SB1145.

Recidivism (frequently returning to jail) is a huge issue in Lincoln County, the factors you state are just the beginning of a list of many others.  With the passing of measure 21-186 these potential factors can be reviewed and plans implemented to reduce the recidivism in Lincoln County and enhance public safety. Providing individuals with the necessary tools to be successful in our community is one way we can reduce recidivism.  The longer an individual is incarcerated, the more programming they can receive.  We want the ability to start programs and  treatment right away, no matter the length of their incarceration.  If released, we want to have the ability to monitor them, both of which can be accomplished with the passage of this measure.  

Mental health is also a huge issue in Lincoln County and cannot appropriately be addressed by one entity. Lincoln County Jail works in partnership with Lincoln County Health and Human Services to assist in providing services to a high percentage of individuals with a mental illness who become incarcerated in the Lincoln County Jail. 

I support measure 21-186 – Enhance Public Safety – Smart on Crime

Jamie Russell

 

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