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It is not a matter of feeling sorry for criminals. As a former corrections officer with six years behind the badge, I can truthfully say being tough on crime is far more than being tough on criminals. We must stop the cause of what drives people to crime. This means giving releasee's the OPPORTUNITIES and TOOLS to succeed in the public without temptation. Stop prison expansions and start programs expansion. Funding for AA, NA, Anger Management, Halfway Houses, Family Reunification Classes, Job Application Resume and Interview Training, Coordinate with Private Sector employers who will actually hire felons, more GED teachers, and post release counseling for inmates deemed institutionalized all must be part of the package. Recidivism is more than inmates returning to prison it is more victims created through the failure of the ADOC and Director Ryan to Reform, Rehabilitate and Retrain.
Why not make the fee a voluntary fee. Currently the wait time for application processes is 60-90 days. If we offered a two week turn around on the application if visitors would pay the fee then it is not mandated and we could charge the fee to minors as well. Visitors would feel empowered to choose to either pay the fee and visit in two weeks or not pay the fee and visit in two months. We would actually create more revenue but some of that revenue would have to go towards expanding the criminal background check department of the DOC to keep up with the added demand. Remember Mr. Weinstien the criminal is not the visitor......Sep 9, 2011