You know, I feel like a jaded character, a half century of an interesting life has tanned by skin fairly well.
But, then something slaps me in the face and I realize how little I know.
The horror of imagining this reality nearly made me vomit.
Tell me if this doesn’t go beyond the pale.
Glynn County Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams
PS. We got all these examples of self-righteous flag wavers talking about their “Sanctity of Life” as they send troops off to money wasting, self-destructive follies, then turn around and feel all high and mighty and sanctimonious and proud about putting misguided kids, who want to do a little git-high and escape for a while, into cages. WHY?
Ira Glass reports on Judge Amanda Williams and the Glynn and Camden County drug courts.
430: Very Tough Love ~ 3/25/11
This week: A drug court program that we believe is run differently from every other drug court in the country, doing some things that are contrary to the very philosophy of drug court. The result? People with offenses that would get minimal or no sentences elsewhere sometimes end up in the system five to ten years.
Ira reports from Glynn County Georgia on Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams and how she runs the drug courts in Glynn, Camden and Wayne counties. We hear the story of Lindsey Dills, who forges two checks on her parents’ checking account when she’s 17, one for $40 and one for $60, and ends up in drug court for five and a half years, including 14 months behind bars, and then she serves another five years after that—six months of it in Arrendale State Prison, the other four and a half on probation. The average drug court program in the U.S. lasts 15 months. But one main way that Judge Williams’ drug court is different from most is how punitive it is. Such long jail sentences are contrary to the philosophy of drug court, as well as the guidelines of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. For violating drug court rules, Lindsey not only does jail terms of 51 days, 90 days and 104 days, Judge Williams sends her on what she calls an “indefinite sentence,” where she did not specify when Lindsey would get out. (30 minutes)
We hear about how Brandi Byrd and many other offenders end up in drug court, and we hear how one model drug court participant, Charlie McCullough, was treated by Judge Williams. (25 minutes)
Take their licenses and careers, but caging them in cells, when they’ve harmed no one? What the F*#!!!! is this all about in The Land Of Freedom... other than self-righteous sadism?