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UPDATED @ 8:03 AM Friday Parole and Probation - Prosecutor and Defense Attorney Fail A Man And Does Not Tell The Judge

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
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Date: Mar 14 2019 4:24 PM

Federal Judge Myron Thompson has made it clear that if Alabama doesn’t do something soon, the federal courts will.



UPDATED @ 8:03 AM FRIDAY:


One thing I forgot in this article. TEEN CHALLENGE the family pays not the State of Alabama or taxpayers. 


In fact my church put up an amount for scholarships so people could get help. If the person stayed at TEEN CHALLENGE for the prescribed time of one year, not one single person that the Houston County Jail Chaplin or myself have sent has been back into the system.


As for SAP. It is operated by the already broke system. It is a governmental run program by an already failed system.


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HOUSTON COUNTY:    On Wednesday I was in the 20th Judicial Court and became extremely bothered over the outcome in a case. All night and day I have struggle over this because it will cause me some trouble.


But I made a decision - The Hell with it - if it causes me some trouble.


But the positions taken and the lack of informing the Judge of ALL OF THE FACTS, have resulted in this young man being sent to a useless and not beneficial program.


The failures to inform the Judge rested with the Alabama Parole and Probation Officers, the 20th Judicial Circuit Prosecutor and the Defense Attorney.


The Judge might not have sent him to TEEN CHALLENGE because sometimes the Judge gets carried away with himself.


But if the goal is to change this young man and make him a productive member of society, a husband and a father, the path chosen for the next 8 weeks is a failed pathway.


Teen Challenge is a year long program.



20th JUDICIAL COURT - HOUSTON COUNTY



A young man has issues with drugs. He has not done what the court system has instructed, not reported into his probation officer, not paid his supervision fees and not paid his court ordered monies.


It is obvious from talking to his family, listening in court, talking to judicial officials, the entire root of  his problems is drugs. And the defendant has realized that.


Rickey Stokes personally went to the Chaplin of the Houston County Jail and discussed this young man with him and TEEN CHALLENGE. A application was completed and this young man has been accepted pending his interview ( which was conducted today ) and his drug tests.


PAROLE AND PROBATION VIOLATION



The Judge defers to the Parole and Probation Officers.


The Parole and Probation Officers recommended SAP. Some of which they have had issues with the young man not obeying their orders. GUESS WHAT? He has a drug addiction and that has to be fixed Parole and Probation Officers. 


The Parole and Probation Officers never once telling the Judge the young man had been approved for Teen Challenge.


The prosecutor of the 20th Judicial Circuit never once told the Judge the young man had been approved for Teen Challenge.


The defense attorney never once told the Judge the young man had ever been approved for Teen Challenge.


The Judge read out the issues the young man has had. Which agreed, he has been a issue of non compliance. 


After hearing the 20th Judicial Prosecutor, the defense attorney who had literally represented the defendant for minutes, the Alabama Parole and Probation Officers NEVER - EVER told the Judge the young man had been accepted to Teen Challenge. Not one of them ever told the Judge.


The Judge ordered 8 weeks in the SAP program of the Alabama Department of Corrections. Afterwards his successful completion of Teen Challenge which is year long program. Without being told all that was available.


SAP


SAP is a program run by and managed by the Alabama Department of Corrections. You know the overcrowded place that can not even manage themselves.



FORMER ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS WARDEN...



Wise said when he was warden, controlling corrupt prison staff was a tougher challenge than managing inmates. He estimated that at least half the drugs coming into the prisons are brought in by staff, which is harder to combat with less officers. He also pointed out that because correctional officers are not paid what they deserve, they can be tempted to get involved in the prison drug trade.


“You can’t function and control a prison with that kind of disorder,” Wise said. “This should be unacceptable to any warden, it should be unacceptable to the (ADOC) commissioner. You’ve got to have some discipline and order to run a prison. And you’ve got to have some kind of meaningful thing for those convicts to do,” he said.


The caption with the video suggested the man was high on a synthetic drug, “tripping on fake weed.” In the three-minute video, the man, appearing incoherent and manic, was eventually led away by other inmates. No correctional officer was visible inside the cell block.


A RETIRED ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF  CORRECTIONS OFFICER...


A retired ADOC correctional officer, who asked us to not use his name, described a chaotic and toxic prison environment that marked his last year on the job. In 2017, he retired after working more than 25 years inside medium security prisons. Over the years, he saw staffing shrink as the inmate population grew, and the result was huge amounts of undetected contraband. The prison’s practice of housing drug addicts and drug dealers together, he believed, was partly to blame for the exploding violence.


TEEN CHALLENGE


A number of years ago a mom and grandmother came to me and wanted to get the soon/grandson out of jail. I told them no, that in fact I was going to lock him down where he could not get out of jail. And I did.


This young man had a 10 ( ten ) year habit of shooting up under his fingernails. 


The following is a text message he sent me on December 4, 2016:


"Got off probation early Friday. In the middle of purchasing a home. Out of debt. Back in college at Troy. Getting married in March. Just finished my two years up in ministry school and applied for my ministry license. Going on three years of sobriety. Nothing left from my past now except a great testimony of Christ in action. Just wanted to say thank you for what you did for me. I couldn't see the big picture when you did what you did for me while it was going on. I am grateful for it now that I see it. Hopefully others will see your motive when things are better. Love you and have a great Sunday."


It is February 14, 2019 and still doing great.



A young man had 2013, 2014, 2015 and two 2016 drug offenses. He weighed 130 pounds. Talked him into Teen Challenge. He completed the year long program. and worked for Teen Challenge for a period of time when released. After his completion he remained in the Baldwin County - Mobile County area. A supervisor for the company he works for, is married, has one child and a second on the way.


ANOTHER YOUNG MAN...


I saw in jail and knew him from when my kids were younger. I went to  him and asked how old he was. He said 27. My next question was did he want to be 50 years old and someone talking to him through the jail window or did he want help. He said his issue was he did not believe totally in GOD. I asked the Chaplin to talk with him. After three weeks he decided he wanted to go. This past Christmas Eve he called me. Said when he went he weighed 140 pounds. That today he weighs 190 pounds, and he said it is muscle not fat. He wanted me to know this was the best thing that ever happened to him. His dad said yes, I have my son back.


These are only a few. I have never been to a Teen Challenge facility. But one person has returned to drugs that we have sent who has completed the year long program.


This young man does not need and will not benefit from a SAP Program of the Alabama Department of Corrections. Apparently the court officials have not kept up with the conditions of the Alabama Department of Corrections. And their failure.


TEEN CHALLENGE. I have seen the results of persons who have successfully completed the program.



CLICK FOR ALABAMA TEEN CHALLENGE







THE CRISIS






Addiction has taken captive over 40 million Americans. It is an epidemic everywhere, destroying lives and devastating families. 9 out of 10 addicts are not seeking treatment, or they are not finding it. That’s 9 out of 10 struggling with one of the world’s most debilitating epidemics, yet without help and without hope. Today alone, 125 Americans will have died from their addiction.



THE HOPE



The answer to every person struggling with addiction is not a consumable substance. They can be made 100% whole, 100% free, and 100% restored. Alabama Teen Challenge is helping people with life-controlling issues break the bonds of addiction and live a hope-filled and purposeful life.



SAP - ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS



Programs include the Substance Abuse Program (SAP), which is an evidence-based, 8-week program that takes a positive, comprehensive approach to helping inmates with drug and alcohol dependency. The program focuses on drug education, the addiction process, signs and symptoms of chemical dependency and relapse prevention.




The way Alabama prisons are operating, Wise said, is extremely dangerous, with little accountability and structure for inmates.





“You can’t function and control a prison with that kind of disorder,” Wise said. “This should be unacceptable to any warden, it should be unacceptable to the (ADOC) commissioner. You’ve got to have some discipline and order to run a prison. And you’ve got to have some kind of meaningful thing for those convicts to do,” he said.



The caption with the video suggested the man was high on a synthetic drug, “tripping on fake weed.” In the three-minute video, the man, appearing incoherent and manic, was eventually led away by other inmates. No correctional officer was visible inside the cell block.



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Today, Judge Thompson released an order related to the case pending case against the State of Alabama and Department of Corrections. Specifically, his order addresses overcrowding and mental health care for prisoners. In his ruling, the judge said the psychiatric care of Alabama’s inmates is “horrendously inadequate” and that it violates the U.S. Constitution because he deems it “cruel and unusual punishment” of the nearly 3,500 inmates receiving mental health treatment in Alabama’s overcrowded prisons.



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