JP ELECTION: Offenders get a second chance

What I found to be promising and gained my focus has to do with Phillip Woolbright’s plan for rehabilitation and training for low level offenders within our community. I like knowing that there’s someone who is wanting and is willing to take a further step by looking into more than just incarcerating people straight away.

I think it is important to look at the big picture and the positive changes Woolbright can ultimately bring to our community. Change can be difficult but I look at what these certain individuals will be experiencing and I see a change that can really make an impact on their life as well as their family’s lives.

For some of these individuals, sentencing to such programs vs. incarceration can be a much needed positive reinforcement necessary before time has its way of accelerating possible future crimes or even worse crimes. I feel our community has a real opportunity to witness a promise of change when someone is given the opportunity to feel heard and respected especially by members within the judicial arena.

By having an individual like Phillip Woolbright in a position to continue to implement such programs and/or organizations, I can see where people who are charged with low level offenses will be able to believe in themselves more because they have someone that showed compassion and believed in them first through the process.

Then as members of our community, these defendants now have an opportunity afforded to them to strive for a bigger, better and brighter future by being given hope and a sense of newfound respect for the judicial process they experienced.

Carrie Morrison

PEORIA



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