The Coloradoan - Brenda Rader Mross he only time I've ever been in jail was when I've drawn the Monopoly card demanding I go directly there. Despite a clean criminal record, I'm no saint. Guess you could say I'm an ordinary, average citizen, which at the same time is rather remarkable when you consider that today, more than one in every 100 Americans is behind bars.
How can a country set the standard for freedom in this world and also rank as its top incarcerator? Makes no sense to me, especially when much of what is truly criminal often goes unpunished. Take the abuse of funds by public officials, the latest offender being the Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation cited last week for "egregious waste."
Never will I understand nor accept how accountability can be absent when, within every bureaucracy, exists stratums of titled stewards supposedly in charge. Is managing our money just a game to them?
When taxpayers are worried about where in God's name are we going to get the extra cash needed just to keep our markers on the game board, now is not the time to ask for more play money.
This is why I believe Larimer County commissioners should hold off on their proposed sales tax hike for jail programs: bad timing. Finally, though, a move in the right direction: something new does need to be done within the criminal justice system to handle minimum security offenders, and especially those with mental-health needs and/or addiction problems.The Coloradoan