Lincoln County District Attorney Rob Bovett, a seemingly tireless conveyor of intriguing information about the American justice system and Lincoln County’s place in it, has gone a step further by communicating to anyone who’ll listen the causes behind a lot of contemporary criminal behavior. And, for those who know Mr. Bovett, it’s straight-forward. Control the illegal proliferation of prescription drugs, and the war on drugs, and other crimes, may appear more winnable. Everyone in this county, and probably the country, needs to see Mr. Bovett’s presentation.
Not mentioned in Mr. Bovett’s presentation is his often attributed cause behind car, business and home burglaries is theft of items that the thieves parlay into cash, either on the black market or at pawn or other retail outlets to feed their drug habit. It also moves the same drug addicts through the criminal justice system over and over and over. Bovett has been instrumental in establishing “alternative” courts where the underlying cause of criminal behavior can be addressed, namely through drug cessation and rehabilitation.