Woodruff Police Chief Darrell Dawkins agrees with Gowdy that many of these changes are absolutely essential if the citizens of this state are to remain safe.
Otherwise the sheer volume of criminal cases is going to overload the system.
"It's like having a huge funnel and the valve draining that funnel is very small," Dawkins
chief has serious concerns about jail overcrowding and the overall sluggishness in the justice system.
says that in order to make meaningful changes, people need to consider what they want that system to do.
suggests that one of things that needs to be considered is establishing a graduated penal system that has the ability to deal with non-violent offenders in more constructive ways.
Gowdy also strongly suggests that changes to the system should include alternatives to incarceration for such non-violent offenders and incorporating different levels of incarceration based on the nature of the offense.
suggests that as with so many of the people he
comes into contact on a weekly basis, many people going into the justice system are there because of drugs and addiction problems.
says in many of these cases the primary victims of their crimes is themselves and suggests that there should be a way to deal with such offenders without locking them up with every other type of criminal offender.
Like Gowdy and so many others, Dawkins
has a special concern for the effects of crime on children, particularly those from poor families.
With drugs eating away at the fabric of families, too many times children know nothing better than the life of crime associated with the illegal drug trade, Dawkins
Building a more proactive, rehabilitative component into the penal system can help combat some of this problem by giving first-time offenders a sort of wake-up call.
says that every citizen in the state needs to be on the same page as far as making meaningful change to the criminal justice system.
"Everybody wants the same thing - a safer place," Dawkins