Religious Group to Provide Services to Just-Released Inmates

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Believer’s Edge, an area religious organization, will provide just-released jail inmates with cell-phone-charging services, snacks, and coffee during late-night and early-morning hours, under an agreement supported by the Sheriff’s Office and approved by the supervisors on 7/1. The contract, through the end of 2014, stipulates that the group must provide “neutral and nonideological support” to the releasees. A separate program providing cab rides to late-night releasees received $10,000 from the county last month to keep it afloat for another year.


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I hope this religious organization doesn't support kidnapping and imprisoning non-violent drug offenders in the first place, I'm certainly not going to assume that is the case but if so it would be like a rapist offering a bottle of water to their victims afterward and then talking about how compassionate they are for doing so.

A much more compassionate approach would be to work to abolish the drug laws in this country.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
July 3, 2014 at 9:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

kidnapping? For ransom? Do they send a finger or an ear if the ransom's not paid?

Botany (anonymous profile)
July 3, 2014 at 10:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Send us three bibles or we excommunicate the hostage.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 3, 2014 at 10:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"kidnapping? For ransom? Do they send a finger or an ear if the ransom's not paid?"-Botany

The ransom always gets paid, prisons are mostly owned by private corporations and lobby the government to keep drug laws on the books so they can fill up their prisons and make more money off taxpayers and slave labor in their prisons. It's called the Prison Industrial Complex.

No doubt many non-violent criminals end up with horrific injuries such as those you described while in prison.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
July 3, 2014 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I am delighted that they are supporting these inmates and like loonpt I hope they understand that some of these people have been betrayed by their own society.

Smugness and self-righteousness are toxic even when expressed in humanitarian ways.

ahem (anonymous profile)
July 3, 2014 at 11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is an excellent article with lots of fantastic information about how, like in the 60s when about 10% of women were addicted to legal amphetamines, legal amphetamine addiction is once again becoming rampant amongst adults. Especially young women who are now being targeted by big pharma for amphetamine (adderall) prescriptions for ADD:

"When our speed comes in a bottle covered by Blue Cross, we call it “medicine”; when it’s Blue Meth in a baggie, we don’t just call it a “hard drug,” we send out the SWAT team, declare “National Methamphetamine Awareness” day, and gawk in titillation at the poor, uninsured tweakers on basic cable." (referring to Breaking Bad)

loonpt (anonymous profile)
July 3, 2014 at 11:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here is a man who was beaten and arrested by NYPD for drifting off to sleep on the subway on his way home from work:

loonpt (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2014 at 1:03 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why is the guy so initially hostile? Does he (or you) not understand hostility creates hostility?
BTW, RT stands for Russia Times.
I don't think some people should be calling themselves conservatives, they should be calling themselves "conservatives",.. Conservatives don't favor foreign totalitarian dictatorships over their own country. Yeah please be critical of our US government, protest etc. But to embrace the brutal dictatorship of a foreign country and propagate their propaganda and excuse their human rights abuses; then post a feeble video of some belligerent a-hole getting arrested as some proof of a national sin is pathetic at best.
Happy 4th of July

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2014 at 1:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It saddens me to see a friend of mine not only spiral deeper into insanity but embrace Fascism., a road I will not follow you down.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2014 at 1:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What role do the Sherrifs/County have once the inmates are out of their custody? Once they are released they are no longer the Sheriff's responsibility. Right?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2014 at 6:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Ken Volok--Russia Times and Al Jazeera America are at least, if not more, more reliable and informative compared to CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and most newspapers which tend to be owned by large interested corporations.

ahem (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2014 at 2:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Al Jazeera is heads over tails far more reliable than Russia Times which has become the mouthpiece of Putin's regime. RT is becoming the Russo version of Fox. As for the ineptitude of the other two mentioned, it's a saving grace for us all.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 4, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Just what every inmate needs after a late night release! A charged cell, caffeine, some powdered doughnuts, and the notion that a neutral and nonideological God is on his side!
County efficiency at it's finest! Can't wait to see how well the gun bill works!

touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
July 6, 2014 at 1:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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