Don’t blame Proposition 36 |

Don’t blame Proposition 36

District Attorney Ferguson does us all a disservice by blaming Drew Reynolds’ death on Proposition 36. Instead, Mr. Krause was on the streets because of a failure of probation and a failure to follow up on his repeated thumbing his nose at the courts and the law.

Proposition 36 did not say that you can skip community service, nor skip your court dates, without consequence. It has exclusions for refusing treatment and for other misbehavior, and it seems those clauses should have applied to Mr. Krause.

It should have said that probation should include alcohol as well as illegal drugs. In this case, the Grass Valley Police Department would have been expected to arrest Mr. Krause instead of simply making him empty his beer.

When I voted for Proposition 36, it was on the assumption that probation actually meant something. But apparently that is not the case.

We cannot get Drew back, cannot give his girls their father, his wife her husband, me one of my dearest friends, and so many others that bright spot in their day that Drew was. But we can keep it from happening again if the courts write strict probation terms and the criminal justice system actually enforces them.

Mitch Hendrickson

Grass Valley

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