Treatment facility will aid convicts

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Local and state officials gathered in Augusta on Friday to celebrate the pending arrival of a center that will provide a rehabilitative alternative to prison for criminals who have violated probation.

The Augusta Day Reporting Center, opening in January, is designed as a drug and mental health treatment center for low-to-moderate risk offenders who shouldn't be re-incarcerated, said Commissioner James Donald of the Georgia Department of Corrections. The day center will house nearly 100.

"These are not the people we should be afraid of," Mr. Donald said. "They're robbing and writing bad checks to support their addiction. We shouldn't clog up the prison system with these people. It's proven to be successful."

A Georgia State University study showed that offenders who enter these centers have a 7 percent recidivism rate over a three-year period compared to 28 percent for those who don't.

Probationers will report to the center each day for a little more than a month to receive drug treatment, counseling and assistance with job placement, said Pam Gould, the center administrator.

In the second phase, probationers are required to be employed, sober and must be monitored by surveillance officers for two to six months. In the final phase, they are periodically drug tested for six months.

The first of Georgia's nine day reporting centers opened in 2000, said Katrinka Glass, the center's former administrator.

Ms. Glass, now the department's director of risk reduction services, said she's seen the success of these centers.

"The outcomes have been total transformation for those folks," Ms. Glass said. "They leave better people, who have changed that criminal thinking and dealt with their substance problem."

Reach Stephanie Toone at (706) 823-3215 or stephanie.toone@augustachronicle.com.

AUGUSTA DAY REPORTING CENTER

- Targets high-need, low-to-moderate risk, primarily property crime offenders in cases that drug dependency is the true underlying factor

- Holds up to 100; will initially treat 15

- There are only nine day reporting centers in Georgia.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/13/08 - 06:19 am
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While this effort is

While this effort is admirable, this article makes it sound like another government effort to treat a symptom while having little to do with treating the problem. Most of these people that qualify for the treatment center have developed a drug dependency because of an inability to compete in society. Unskilled, unmotivated and untrained at goal setting. Lessons that should have been taught from birth. Without addressing the root problems, it's easy to seek the escape of drugs, alcohol, or other self-destructive behavior. If this center seeks a short term fix through counseling and monitoring, how will the probationer react when the guidance is no longer available. Also, those qualifying for the center make up a tiny percentage of those incarcerated.

politicallyNcorrect1
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politicallyNcorrect1 12/13/08 - 07:12 am
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Oops

Oops

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/13/08 - 07:16 am
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Where is the center located?

Where is the center located? That's what is utmost in the mind of the public.

politicallyNcorrect1
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politicallyNcorrect1 12/13/08 - 07:30 am
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The board of paroles &

The board of paroles & pardons let so many out of prison because they beleived they were no longera danger to society. They get out & within a couple of days a huge number either commit murder or armed robbery with a week. The Board P&P use poor judgement when releasing violent offenders. How many violent offenders would be released if the neighborhood they were to live in would be in The Board O.P.&P. neighborhood??? The ones that release them live in upscale neighborhoods that usually have their own security force & guarded gates. That's why they are so quick to release them because most crimes does not effect them, their world is guarded by the Police or hired police that us tax payers foot the bill for.

politicallyNcorrect1
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politicallyNcorrect1 12/13/08 - 07:44 am
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I do believe there are many

I do believe there are many people in prison that will if, given a chance will get an education & become a positive for the country instead of a negitive. Obama said some of his plans were to help NON VIOLENT offender get an education to be able to survive in the community when released & not have a reason to return to crime to survive. This is a very good thing, there are people in prisons who will & deserve a chance to turn their life around. They just have to start using better judgement by keeping VIOLENT OFFENDERS IN PRISON..NO getting out early, & serve every day of their sentence. Lawmakers say the prisons are over crowded. Well I'm willing to pay a little extra tax to build more prisons, becuase this will get me & you safer!

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/13/08 - 08:29 am
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Isn't this going to be in

Isn't this going to be in Summerville?

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 12/13/08 - 08:38 am
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Frank Mosley who owns the

Frank Mosley who owns the house at the corner of Walton Way and Monta Santo had donated the property to Another Chance Ministries, the non profit that is going to work with the state. I guess Summerville will get a dose of what Harrisburg has had to deal with ..with Mercy Ministries.

iletuknow
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iletuknow 12/13/08 - 09:02 am
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Seems Augusta is serving as a

Seems Augusta is serving as a dumping ground for just about everything.

shivas
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shivas 12/13/08 - 09:12 am
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Yes, patricithomas, and those

Yes, patricithomas, and those stupid mental health diagnoses they should have avoided. Throw em in jail like we did in the Dark Ages, or better yet burn em at the stake as witches.

SusieQ
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SusieQ 12/13/08 - 10:11 am
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politicallycorrect--Security

politicallycorrect--Security gates are not paid for by the tax payer, but by the people that live there. They pay association fees each year to cover these expenses. Also some of these gates are just security gates with a code to get in. SusieQ

mable8
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mable8 12/13/08 - 11:01 am
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Sorry patriciathomas, but

Sorry patriciathomas, but these community-based centers have been PROVEN to work AND REDUCE RECIDIVISM RATES, so the project is a good thing for both the citizen and the convicted individual. You cannot lock everyone up and throw away the key; there needs to be compassion and understanding. "Most of these people that qualify for the treatment center have developed a drug dependency because of an inability to compete in society. Unskilled, unmotivated and untrained at goal setting. Lessons that should have been taught from birth," is an untrue statement; many of those addicted to drugs come from fine out-standing families. There are many who commit crimes and have never been caught; yet they still need some type of treatment to get them on the right track. As far as drug addiction is concerned, this problem has plagued societies for centuries, even before Christ, and has not been resolved to this date. Rather than a showing of negative reactions to the program, why don't you think about what you can do about the problem. Who knows, maybe your support could save one of your own from a life of addiction and possible criminal activity.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/13/08 - 12:19 pm
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shivas, give your comments a

shivas, give your comments a little thought before you post and they won't come across as though you're spewing as a result of intestinal distress.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 12/13/08 - 12:28 pm
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mable8, throwing a cup of

mable8, throwing a cup of water in the lake helps the level, but does little to address the root problem. I feel this type of program does some good, but not a noticeable amount to the incarcerated population or to society in general. What it does is provide a place to put tax dollars while appearing to make an attempt at addressing a social problem. The exact same program could be implemented while the prisoner was still incarcerated. A much, much better program would tie a convicts release date to his improvement as a member of society. Gain the education he decided to skip when it was offered as a child. Gain a viable trade/skill. Learn basic budgeting and goal setting on a practical level. In short, learn to be a contributing member of society instead of the parasite he chose to be on his first attempt. As long as prisons are warehouses that dump probationers into band-aid programs, little or no improvement will be made.

SusieQ
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SusieQ 12/13/08 - 12:57 pm
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A day program and 30 day

A day program and 30 day treatment "ain't" gonna get the job done. I agree with pt about the same program could be done while incarcerated. SusieQ

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darktall 12/13/08 - 03:11 pm
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Part of the reason for this

Part of the reason for this is the drastic price reduction for you the taxpayer, so therefore it does not make sense to keep someone in prison and give them these classes when you are out of prison space. This place will cost only a fraction of what it costs to run a prison. Also PT the prisons do offer these type classes to inmates before release so please quit misleading the public when you do not have a clue about topics you choose to comment on. Give someone a shot to help others before you criticize, any help is better than none. Also education classes as well as budget classes will be offered at this facility I hear.

donrut
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donrut 12/13/08 - 04:35 pm
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riverman1..it will be located

riverman1..it will be located in South Augusta..thats where all the scum get dumped now.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/14/08 - 09:18 am
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Some folks never, ever have

Some folks never, ever have anything positive to say. "There but for the grace of God, go I". Gratitude before attitude.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 12/14/08 - 09:24 am
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I have a new nickname for

I have a new nickname for someone who posts here but shall remain nameless in my nicknaming. This person should be called "EB" which stands for Encyclopedia Britannica. Know it all!

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