Excuses, excuses, excuses

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By Deb Hadachek Editor

I sometimes lament that accountability seems to be rare commodity in today’s society. Thursday afternoon I sat in court while a couple of people convicted of crimes tried to defend their bad behavior after they were granted probation. Repeated positive tests for drugs.

Repeated missed appointments with parole officers or programs designed to get them off of drugs. Repeated jail sanctions for failing to live up to the terms of the second --and third, and fourth--chance they’d been gifted. By Kansas law, most offenders granted probation are given multiple “chances” to clean up their act before they go to jail. These are people who should be in the workforce contributing to society, instead of sucking tax dollars out of the system.

 

 

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