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AR: Here’s a helping hand – Right into a prison cell—or worse

[arkansasonline.com – 5/30/18]

There are so many lessons to be drawn from Bobbie Gross’ tragic experience in trying to help her 17-year-old son that the challenge isn’t to describe just one but how to sum up the whole plethora of ills the young man fell into when left to the not-so-tender mercies of the State of Arkansas:

It turns out that his mother, seeking to help him, made her first mistake when she filed a petition with a judge of Arkansas’ juvenile court system asking the court get her son treatment, maybe even an order that he get into a rehabilitation program. Instead she wound up getting him a criminal record and being locked up with already hardened criminals, most of them sex offenders and violent offenders. For the state is no substitute for the family, much as some wish it was.

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That’s why we should go on a letter writing campaign……Mr. Steve Harvey helps juveniles in trouble. I guess he has a camp-like sort of program that these kids go through so they don’t end up in juvenile hall. I don’t think there should be juvenile halls in this country or any where else, for that matter- what should be in their place is a rehabilitative programs (probable costing the counties less money) to help guide them through those tough years and move them forward with positive encouragement. I am more determined to contact Steve and see if he can some… Read more »

I agree with the comment above. I’ve handled this for a long time and have seen the good sides to the registry along with the ugly side. As someone who has seen people from all walks of life come onto the sex registry I have to admit that sex registry does a lot more harm than good the way it’s set up now in my opinion. It provides a false sense of security that isn’t real we don’t do this for drug addicts, people with DWI’s most likely to keep drinking and driving, we don’t do this cruel punishment with… Read more »

I meant to say “policy changes” not police….

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