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Clearing up the Day Reporting Center confusion

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Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#1 Nov 30, 2012
Clearing up the Day Reporting Center confusion
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/letters/ci_2...

Emotions ran high during the Vallejo community meeting last week to discuss the proposed Day Reporting Center. People attending represented that they felt out of the loop. They did not know what was being proposed, were uncertain about what a Day Reporting Center is, and questioned why it was proposed to be located in Vallejo and not some other city. In retrospect, Solano County should have done more public outreach earlier in the process in order to explain these issues and more.

Make no mistake, there is no one who believes the proposed Day Reporting Center, or any program, will be a panacea. Some released offenders are not likely to be rehabilitated. They are beyond rehabilitation. Fortunately, they are not the majority of the released offenders. Given the right circumstances, opportunities and timing, our probation department and research demonstrate that offenders can and do turn their lives around. Yes, it is all dependent upon their personal drive to make change happen. However, the inspiration behind programs like the Day Reporting Center is to create more circumstances and opportunities that will lead to behavior change.

How do we do that? Judge Dan Healey summed it up at the Vallejo community meeting in two words: Monitor and motivate. He's right. Up until now, the law enforcement community has been focused on the monitoring side of the equation. At any given time, there are more than 4,000 of our neighbors who report to state parole officers or county probation officers to ensure they are meeting with the requirements of their release from state prison or the county jail.

Unless we do something different, the vast majority of them are expected to offend again. That's where the motivation component comes in. The Day Reporting Center concept proposes to provide case management services and access to programs that we hope will motivate the offenders and turn their lives around. Other communities have found that these types of targeted training services designed to modify behaviors result in less criminal activity.

Continued......
Anonymous

Vallejo, CA

#2 Nov 30, 2012
Continued......

The proposed Day Reporting Center is not a big government program. It is a small program focused on a slice of the offender population -- 75 at a time. These are non-violent, non-serious, non-sex offenders who have served time in state prisons and are being released by the state back to the communities on Post Release Community Supervision that sent them to prison to atone for their crimes. Solano County has about 350 offenders on that type of supervision, of which about 145 are from Vallejo. They live in the community now. Many have time on their hands, little initiative, poor self-esteem and not much hope. In the absence of transition opportunities like the DRC, most can be expected to reoffend.

The challenges they face leading to a successful transition to acceptable community norms are considerable, but positive outcomes that, when they occur, make a difference in their lives, those around them and the community at large. Just imagine that if even 10 percent of them benefit from the program. The estimate is that would mean 200 few crimes in Vallejo -- fewer victims of crime and a safer community are just two of the obvious benefits.

A key component of the Day Reporting Center program is helping offenders understand a new way of thinking, a new way solving problems. Without interventions like those proposed to be offered at the Day Reporting Center, most offenders never come to the realization that there is a better way. Quite honestly we are dealing with a population that does not get what it takes to be successful in our community. If they did, they would not be in the predicament they are in now. Yes, there are a variety of sociological factors that contribute, but ultimately they made choices and we as a community suffer. We cannot keep throwing them in prison. The state tried that -- unsuccessfully -- and ran out of room in the prisons, resulting in a federal court order to reduce prison population. The state's solution was to shift responsibility for many offenders to the local jurisdictions.

Solutions were left to the counties. We could follow the state's failed example and be in the position of jail overcrowding in a few short years. We are choosing to do what we can to break the cycle. A Day Reporting Center can help us do that. The Center will be the subject of further discussion at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Dec. 4 and all are welcome to attend and to learn more about the proposal.

Linda Seifert
Solano County Board of Supervisors
hate them all

Vallejo, CA

#3 Nov 30, 2012
where will these newly motivated citizens work to grow their sense of self-worth? this is nuts, you people think you can help them have a better attitude and optimistic outlook with counseling and then what? there are plenty of law-abiding citizens needing attention too. it's beyond a damn shame that we are known bay area wide for poor farming and parolees. that is the freaking truth!!
we made the national news again with the arrests of several rappers tied to the thizz thugs of the crest. jeezus! liberalism IS a disease!!
ANON

United States

#4 Nov 30, 2012
Idle hands are the Devil's workshop and where is it written that 75 will be the limit ? many will become homeless and re-offend just to get 3 hots and a cot
the ole revolving door problem . Will County restitute their victims for the cost of crimes these
guys need to work all day and be watched at night .
Wanglow

Vallejo, CA

#5 Nov 30, 2012
Dan Healy is well known for his left-leaning "liberal" philosophies and consistantly releases anti-social criminals back into our community; look at his record and those of the misfits he has represented and now passes "judgement" on. As far as Seifert goes her yap-yapping about rehabiliting and "breaking the cycle" is so much hot air. WE ALL know that rehabilitation works in only a fraction of cases and is no way justifiable in terms of expenditure of tax dollars; OUR tax dollars. If she and Healy feel so strongly about this then let them form a private organization and do it themselves somewhere else. It is an insult to the citizens of Vallejo to be coerced into accepting and funding a facility that attracts known convicted criminals into our neighborhoods. It's all about money; the directors and "staff" are paid fat salaries and given unregulated expense accounts, vehicles and benefits; the result; MORE cons in Vallejo. It is improper for a county judge to impose his particular soft-on-crime attitudes on an innocent society then participate in a for-profit effort designed for these very same criminals; paid for by OUR taxes. This Seifert moron asks us to "imagine" a fictitious 10% reduction in recidivism will result in "200 fewer crimes"; just WHO the Hell does she think she's kidding? Why not "imagine" all the released cons have changed their personality and will never again commit another sin.
WE must ALL oppose this useless tax rip-off; contact everyone interested in a better Vallejo and have them express their anger that these county officials will impose this clearly wrong additon of MORE trouble into Vallejo. DON'T LET IT HAPPEN HERE; we all see what this attitude has done for our town, it hasn't worked and wont work. It's time to get rid out the "help centers", parolee "services" and special treatment of anti-social misfits and give OUR Town a chance to "Turn IT'S life around". A convicted criminal has already demostrated his proclivities, now get the focus on good citizens and Put Vallejo First.
whats up gene

Vallejo, CA

#6 Nov 30, 2012
wang is the man!
Jim in SF

San Jose, CA

#8 Nov 30, 2012
Linda Seifert is on the BOS for one reason only: to protect the water rights agreement for herself and her friends who live in Green Valley. If these rich (you know, the 1 percenters) people actually did the right thing and paid their fair share of the water system overhead, their rates would be increased by 10 or 20 times. This is because Vallejo operates a small water system that services Linda's million dollar estate and those of her friends.

So yes Linda, we all know the county will foist these criminals off on Vallejo and yes Linda, the poor and middle class taxpayer working class people of Vallejo will cover the cost of your potable water system.
BIOYA Linda

Vallejo, CA

#9 Nov 30, 2012
There is no confusion to clear up here. We DO NOT WANT growth in services for undesirables, the lazy entitlement society, the just plain nuts, or criminals rehab attempts! Stop SHIDTING ON VALLEJO!
BIOYA Linda

Vallejo, CA

#10 Nov 30, 2012
Jim in SF wrote:
Linda Seifert is on the BOS for one reason only: to protect the water rights agreement for herself and her friends who live in Green Valley. If these rich (you know, the 1 percenters) people actually did the right thing and paid their fair share of the water system overhead, their rates would be increased by 10 or 20 times. This is because Vallejo operates a small water system that services Linda's million dollar estate and those of her friends.
So yes Linda, we all know the county will foist these criminals off on Vallejo and yes Linda, the poor and middle class taxpayer working class people of Vallejo will cover the cost of your potable water system.
Unless our new majority is in agreement with Linda's views, they should be able to jack her rates for water. But, being an attorney, she would sue because it is unfair. But she has no problem telling us more parolees loose on our streets is fair? BIOYA Linda!!
sam plays VPDs skin flute

Concord, CA

#12 Nov 30, 2012
Perhaps Dan Healy or Linda Seifert wouldn't mind the center in the vicinity of their residences?
Jim in SF

San Jose, CA

#13 Nov 30, 2012
eric holder wrote:
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I'm glad you popped in, define your terms ! exactly what is middle class, who are they and how does one become middle class and define "the rich" and what makes you feel that you deserve any of their money?
I don't want anyones money and I don't begrudge rich or poor people. I'll work hard, pay my fair share and have a nice day.

What Linda wants is for you and me and the other water rate payers in Vallejo to do is pay for her water system. These politicians campaign on a BS platform of fairness for the working class but when it comes to their own self interests, forgetaboutit! Linda also want the criminals to move into YOUR neighborhood and not hers.

How about the DRC be located in Green Valley where the county could run a small working farm to help the criminals figure out which end of a shovel is the business end? It's been done before with stunning success but you won't here it from any of the Green Valley politicians. They are self serving politicians of the lowest order.
sam plays VPDs skin flute

Concord, CA

#14 Nov 30, 2012
Are water rates determined at the County level? Couldn't Franz Nestlerode the City of Vallejo Water Superintendent propose such rate hikes to the City Council? I seem to remember the old Water Superintendent Eric Nugteren approach the Council every five years with rate hikes. I also seem to remember that the small water plant in Green Valley does not meet Federal water quality standards, and a new plant must be built. I hope to God that part of her agenda is not passing the cost of that to all Vallejo rate payers.
alun the pole licker

Vallejo, CA

#15 Nov 30, 2012
lol, bend over alun!
Salty Dog

Vallejo, CA

#16 Nov 30, 2012
"Some released offenders are not likely to be rehabilitated. They are beyond rehabilitation. Fortunately, they are not the majority of the released offenders. "......

....." the vast majority of them are expected to offend again. "

Like, huh???

I didn't move to Vallejo to be a part of your sociological experiment. I don't own it but if you want to, take your monitoring and motivating to Green Valley or any other valley. In the meantime, I have my hands full educating the dysfunction low lifes already littering this good borough.
GEE

Lafayette, CA

#17 Dec 1, 2012
Actually there is no confusion about this proposed project. We will get what we do not want!

No amount of money will bring the desired results if we can not physically back up what we are trying to instill and promise to those using the proposed Day Reporting Center.
It all hinges on people finding reliable employment. The preferred method would be to have a source of income derived through work and not living off the taxpayer or the streets.

The decision was made to clear our prisons of convicted law breakers that have served some time, not their whole sentence imposed on them by a gaggle of their peers and a very liberal judge. Why even go through this farce if the intent and resulting sentence is not followed through on?

A very large portion of our limited budget is spent on people that do not produce anything nor are able to show a desired result, but are employed to guard those breaking the law. What makes me wonder is that someone sitting on death row is able to educate themselves enough to earn a degree, but the just hanging out and pumping themselves up prison population can not be prepared for an eventual return to the outside?
But I digress!

It would stand to reason to have a facility as proposed in proximity of the very prison the felon has just left. A constant visual that would remind anyone that if you do not walk the straight and narrow you will reenter the very facility you just came out of!...and this time around it may be for keeps!

To have a facility in a town that is already filled with an abundance of criminally challenged residents and invite even more to join the coddling is criminal in it self. I would consider the percentage of certain re-offenders, as stated by Ms. Seifert, to be an indication that she is supporting a failed project before it has even been implemented. Why is that the case Ms. Seifert?

How many of our non-criminal residents are struggling to support their families, work more than one job at out of town locations, deal with a mediocre school system that coddles a new generation of law breakers, new businesses that will not come to our town because the demographic to support their business is way below the level they are willing to deal with,.... and so on!

What we do NOT need is a day care center for wayward adults.

If we really want to help people from all walks of life, not just those kicked out of the jail system, bring in Trade Schools whose end goal it is to teach the unskilled but willing to change direction human a life skill that will support them and their families.

If this endeavor would be a business it would be kicked into the round file, but since it is supported by the government, with my tax dollars, it probably will be a go.
Just wish I would receive a "get out of jail free card" every once in a while .....
anon

Benicia, CA

#18 Dec 1, 2012
Maybe we should have been trying to bring jobs to Vallejo for the past 10 years instead of fighting with PS. Well, we can always start now. Or not? The Gomes, VIB, Miller formula has got us here. We can keep on that track or try something different?
Sam plays VPDs skin flute

Vallejo, CA

#19 Dec 1, 2012
With 80 percent of the general fund going to pay for public safety what money would be available to go to economic development? Remember the bought PS Council was in control most of those ten years. Remember when they gutted the economic development department in favor of raises for public safety?
Rainbows and Unicorns

Vallejo, CA

#20 Dec 1, 2012
The Gomers are still dreaming of an upscale Vallejo that has not and will not materialize. This started back when Gomes' pal Intintoli was mayor. They thought they could change the entire character of the city and attract educated elites while at the same time growing VHA and our affordable housing stock.
Now we are at 46% rentals? Hellllllo?!
alun le knob gobbler

Vallejo, CA

#21 Dec 1, 2012
Sam plays VPDs skin flute wrote:
With 80 percent of the general fund going to pay for public safety what money would be available to go to economic development? Remember the bought PS Council was in control most of those ten years. Remember when they gutted the economic development department in favor of raises for public safety?
when 20 more retire, you will have the 60% everyone wants, lol.
alun enragement!
ThereYouGoAgain

Vallejo, CA

#22 Dec 1, 2012
We are losing 20 and hiring 5? No wonder other cities laugh at us!

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