Obviously the reasoning behind prosecuting these "arrestee's" charges as felonies is for these people to end up on formal probation, instead of being given straight jail or bench probation where they'd have little supervision or access to resources. Okay, good intentions...but how PPB gets there is ludicrous.
These people end up with FELONY convictions (yes, some of them already are felons, but not all), with all of the limitations and social stigma of being a convicted felon--including, of course, extreme difficulty finding a job or housing once they get off probation and don't have access to these resources--when anyone else would only have a misdemeanor conviction. They also don't qualify for drug diversion court which would result in dismissal of charges if they successfully complete a very intensive treatment program. What?
These resources could have easily been allocated among the people that need them in other ways...perhaps a more extensive probation intake system that would get them on formal probation without a felony conviction.
The logic here is ridiculous.
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