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4/30/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Prison isn't the answer

Why do we have a drug problem in Kingman? Because our probation officers, our judges and our prosecutors don't care about helping people with addictions. Even those who ask for help in quitting an addiction cannot get the help they need. Instead they are treated as criminals and punished instead of helped.

My fiancée faces a sentence in Superior Court to 3.9 years in prison for three dirty urine tests while on probation after she told her probation officer she had a meth addiction and needed help in quitting. She didn't want to end up in jail. Probation's answer to help was putting her on intense probation and expecting her to quit on her own. When she couldn't, she got arrested and now will be sent to prison. They will not even consider rehab. As far as our great justice system is concerned, she deserves 3.9 years of punishment for three dirty urine tests and rehab is out of the question.

We have a drug problem in Kingman because the great justice system that's supposed to be about justice and fairness doesn't care in the least about helping someone get off drugs. All they are interested in is putting people in prison. I am sure if my fiancée was related to a judge or prosecutor or probation officer, she would be in rehab, not in jail, and certainly not looking at 3.9 years in prison. Write Superior Court, Division 3, and protest people being sent to prison for years for dirty urine tests while on probation without the chance at rehab.

First, my fiancée is not a criminal. She is someone with an addiction like a lot of people have nowadays, but unlike many she really and truly wants sobriety and help. She deserves one chance at rehab before she deserves prison. No one cares about helping someone in Kingman.

Robert Boslett Jr.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: justanobody SR

While I wish you and your fiance the best.
did anyone force her to use drugs?
I believe it was a choice, now she has to pay for that bad choice, I do not know how addictive drugs are as I've never used drugs, it was my choice NOT TO!
sorry, but you'll get no sympathy from me.
seems most drugs users always want to blame someone else for THEIR choice!

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: JOHN DOE

Who will pay for this wonderful rehab that will cure your fiance'e. TAX PAYERS. Why should we be respobsible for her not having the will power to quit.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

I remember the same argument about inmates when I was a corrections officer many years ago in So. California. The liberals and Democrats complained that there were no training or programs to help inmates return to a productive way of life. So gobs of taxpayer money were used to start G.E.D., printing press operations, welding, mechanics, PC classes, carpentry.....etc. The end result, after 5 years the return rate to jail by a past offender was still 97% the cost was estimated at about $51K per inmate at the closing of the program. If one makes bad choices in life it's not my money that should be used to bail them out. Wether you have a drug, alcohol, charge card abuse problem or you had a kid(s) before you established a career, is your problem. I do not like working hard for my money just to see it redistributed to people who have no self-discipline, self-control or are just born underachievers that are comfortable with sliding by, as my parents taught me, I am responsible for my own actions and nobody else.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Tj Denton

Im sorry your fiancee has an addiction, its a terrible drug. On the other hand, its not the courts or my tax dollars job to pay for her bad decisions. Responsibility lies on an individuals shoulders to better themselves. Not to mention there are plenty of programs at local churches to help addiction. So again, im sorry to hear about someones addiction, but people have to start holding themselves accountable and stop pointing at everyone else to fault someone for their own mistakes.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Tired Of Listening To Whining And Enablers

Sir, your girlfriend broke the laws of Arizona, ergo that makes her a criminal. If she truly wants help, Phoenix and Vegas is not far away. She, as well as you, know that for a meth addict to get clean one thing that helps them succeed is a change in environment getting away from all their druggie friends.

I for one am glad to finally hear about someone being sentenced to prison for violating instead of just making empty promises to keep out and continue their chosen lifestyle.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Common Sense

Of course, as usual, it's somebody else's fault.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

I remember years ago listening to Rush Limbaugh rant about how he felt drug addicts ought to be incarcerated, no treatment! Funny how when he was caught sending his house keeper to buy illegal Oxycontin pills for his addiction, he begged out of his crime by saying he was addicted to pain killers and deserved treatment and he got it! No criminal charges, guess drug addicts get treatment if they come from rich families, powerful families and not so much if they do not!

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Doing Research

I did some research on ways to reduce Federal Prisons expenses.

Cost to keep someone in prison for a year: $22K to $36K, depending on where you are, etc.

Cost of mandated drug treatment: $2K to $10K a year

Prison recidivism is high, like 70%. Meanwhile drug treatment programs have about a 60% success rate. So you have a real and cheap solution not being implemented.

The problem: Corrections Corp. of America lobbies HARD to kep drugs criminalized because they make money this way. Taxpayer money. And it doesn't reduce crime.

Second problem: voters say in polls that they want politicians that are "tough on crime!" So which is it, do you want a system that works? Or do you want an expensive mistake that looks "tough"?

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: nnp .....

more Rule Of Law tyranny and insanity.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Just a suggestion

You are probably right about your fiance needing a shot at rehab, but unfortunately rehab rarely works the first time for most addicts unless you are able and willing to stay in a program for over 120 days. The problem with the courts and rehab is, the courts can't and don't want to be on the hook for the cost of a rehab program. Even the most simple rehab can cost $5000 a month. If the courts order a rehab sentence, then they are ultimately responsible for paying for that program. Why don't you marry the girl, get a job that has medical insurance that covers rehab and get her the treatment she needs. Just saying.

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Article comment by: Paul Bearer

I'm sure the court was the one that started her on the path of self destruction so it only seems plausible that they should be the ones to solve the problem. Right?

Or maybe since she is your fiance you are doing everything in your power to get the treatment she needs?

The court is not in the rehab business and must drug addicted people don't want to be sober. Thumb your nose at the system and sooner or later the system is going to fight back.

Look in the mirror and you can see who is more at fault. Don't blame the courts for acting on the will of the people that voted to enact the law.

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