Jan 13, 2018
Why not have a City of Eureka SWAP instead of jail time or no consequence?
Here is one idea that the City of Eureka could implement, maybe partner with the County, to reduce jail overcrowding and improve how Eureka looks.
Most violations of Eureka Municipal Codes that are charged in court end up being dismissed as part of a plea or the person serves jail time. Usually, they end up racking up a record and nothing changes because the cycle remains broken.
Why not have a City of Eureka SWAP program? Let them sweep, weed, clean the streets instead of jail time. They can serve with Eureka Rescue Mission, Teen Challenge or one of Betty Chinn's programs if they wish or another City approved program.
The money used to have EPD respond to these calls, book them in jail, attorney and court staff expenses could be better used. Why doesn't probation use some of their funds to hire someone to supervise such efforts?
If they are successful in the City SWAP program, hire them and pay them. A private business could pay someone referred by SWAP to sweep outside their office or property once a week so they can learn skills and responsibility as well as slowly reintegrate into society. Reward successful applicants by putting them into a fast track for housing and services; if that is what they need.
For what many landlords and businesses pay for a meal in one evening, you could mentor a human being and change their life.