Treatment vs. PunishmentJuly 30th, 2007 by josh farley
I wanted to share some comments I received from a person who read the story we ran about a Poulsbo man convicted of his 11th DUI.
In the note, the person says that treatment, not punishment, will ultimately solve the chronic DUI problem. That is a bit of a dichotomy to what the state legislature just watched go into law: that five DUI convictions in 10 years constitutes a felony.
Anyway, here’s her comments. Feel free to leave your personal feelings as well.
If you want to do a story on John Harris why not tell all the facts. Of course his punishment was needed but how about how the system has failed him. He has a serious drinking problem and setting in jail won’t solve it. He need some extensive, long term treatment, not only for the drinking but psychological help as well. He was in prison for 7 years and nothing was done to help him. Then he got out and was right back into the same mental condition he was in before going. He has been to the six week, band aid treatment but that isn’t enough for a person that has as large a problem as he has. Why not send him to a state hospital where he can get some intense counseling and medical help? Of course he said it was up in the air about treatment if it is the same kind he has had before and it didn’t help. I have talked to John and he really wants to get the drinking taken care of but the short term treatment just work for everyone.