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Their Mission....."Justice Matters is an Interfaith organization made up of twenty-three diverse religious congregations in the Lawrence, Kansas region. We have come together to move toward a city where justice rolls down like a mighty river. We work toward this vision as an expression of our faith and values of love, relationship, and justice. We lift up these "neighborly" values in contrast to a culture dominated by the pursuit of material consumption and individualism."
Oh my , these folks are quite impressed with themselves , unfortunately the ship seems to have swerved a bit.
Posted 21 April 2018, 10:09 a.m.
I find it sad that the writer has little to no knowledge of what it takes to end up in jail for any period of time. The judge first if no violence is involved will OR you out next day. If you have bond conditions like drug testing or alcohol testing and fail you may get violated and probably let out the next day. If you dont show up you may get a day and let out again. If its your first conviction you may get diversion or probation which you can succeed or continue to violate. If you dont pay fines you may get a little shock time. My point is you have to be a complete screwup to end up in jail for any period of time. Or you have to have been such a screw up that your family wont even bail you out anymore. Go spend some time in city or district court and watch the numerous "second" chances offenders get.
Posted 20 April 2018, 8:38 p.m.
Using your logic the T should self fund also !
Posted 20 April 2018, 9:52 a.m.
Zenger is such a net zero , Honestly his hires are fails , his oversight non-existent. why does this guy still have a job ?
Posted 20 April 2018, 9:42 a.m.
We lived south of campus for a number of years and had a completely blasted young adult just rush in our front door at 2 in the morning and promptly pass out in our living room. My son and I got him up and out the front door and called police. We look back though and know that rousing him was a major mistake on our part and could have gone bad real quick. The info on the story stated the resident sustained injury. While this death is a tragedy until you have been in the situation you cannot judge the residents response.
Posted 19 April 2018, 10:07 a.m.
Exactly what is driving these increases each year. Does the city provide free water to the pool facilities.
Posted 16 April 2018, 12:41 p.m.
Seems there are two trains of thought against he new jail. The" I dont want to pay for it crowd" and the "its all so unjust crowd" . The I dont wanna's dont want to pay for a jail but are the same folks who want the city to pay for their sidewalks , bus service , art , and various other programs that folks like to argue about. The its so all unjust use statistics and arguments from cities other than Lawrence to say how unjust it all is. Facts are that Douglas County will let you screw up numerous times before resorting to ending up in jail. The courts and the county don't want you there. You have to convince them you're an idiot or danger to end up there. Our community needs additional facilities. Are we looking at any lower cost minimum security options ? It appears not. That would be my only criticism.
Posted 14 April 2018, 10:39 a.m.
I believe that police and victims think not enough are under supervision at this point in time given the rampant property crimes logged each day in Lawrence combined with victim assault incidents which we have never seen in Lawrence. One can point to economic , education , groups moving in and bringing their crime background with them. To deny that offenders need to be locked up is absolute stupidity. It is the responsibility of the city / county to protect citizens from idiots. While this populist movement seems to have a solution for every town it doesnt fit here. We already have courts that are extremely lenient and will bond out OR most anyone. Seriously they don't want you in jail. The biggest issue in Douglas County is the amount of debt you will incur in our local justice system. Thousands of dollars in evaluation fees , court costs , probation fees , treatment , levied on offenders that have little to nothing in resources. It's kinder and gentler supposedly. We obviously need a larger jail , mental health screening and treatment center locally. Get on with it.
Posted 12 April 2018, 9:50 a.m.
Im not convinced that cameras would have much impact on downtown crimes. Clear out the transient population would be a good start. My son had three bikes stolen in a month while working late nights downtown. Street peeps just cut the locks off. If it is the goal of downtown to dispense ever increasing amounts of alcohol each night the results will always be negative crimes against people and property. Seems quite simple to me , get rid of the bums , scale back bar hours a bit , increase police presence
Posted 9 April 2018, 9:01 a.m.
Dear Senate , no thanks
Posted 4 April 2018, 3:22 p.m.
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