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Re: “Occupy the world

ugly trolls are ugly.

Posted by mbdiggity on 10/18/2011 at 4:24 PM

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Re: “Raising Capitol

this is me.


Posted by mbdiggity on 05/26/2011 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Legislature: Corporations pitch a shutout

Hey, I heard the green party really believes in clean/renewable energy. Confirm/Deny?

Posted by mbdiggity on 03/29/2011 at 5:17 PM

Re: “House approves guns in church

But seriously... lol.

Posted by mbdiggity on 03/25/2011 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Mike Ross: Profile in demagoguery

trolls love trolling.

Posted by mbdiggity on 01/07/2011 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Proposals for Arkansas prison reform

I just want to say, as a Faulkner County Drug Court Graduate (FCDCG) .... this plan, it is teh smartz. +10 points for the working group.

I got a little off track in my young-&-dumb years, but through Drug Court was able to avoid prison and have a chance to get my life together.

Drug Courts are pretty harsh, they outline the rules and expect 100% compliance. Community service or a weekend of county jail-time for being even 5 seconds late to a meeting. We found ourselves in front of the judge every other week for praise or punishment. Up to daily probation meetings. Up to daily drug tests... Officer house visits.... It's serious business. But the best business part in all of this is that the offender is responsible for all costs.

These programs require gainful employment or full-time student status with income to pay fees. If you get a violation for ANYTHING they can slap a ankle-tracker to you @ 100% cost to you.

If someone did commit a serious offense after being in Drug Court, they would usually get sent to an ADC non-violent prison and then re-enrolled into the drug court system after a year or so to soften them up. It really seemed to work out nicely. It puts a great emphasis on personal accountability and responsibility, while also including several community based recovery programs.

I was lucky, one of the consultants, from Africa, met with us privately after observing the system for a week and told us that we had one of the best systems operating in the state. From the Judge to the Officers/Counselors to us the, enrolled group. I can honestly say I can't remember a time where they acted unjustly or unfairly in the two years I was in the program.

This change could open the door for the medical marijuana debate! jus saying.


Posted by mbdiggity on 01/04/2011 at 8:20 PM

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