Yesterday there was forum to discuss the growing Public Safety concerns and jail release policies, after reviewing the media coverage and interviewing people who attended, the Examiner has concluded that it was full of excuses and evasiveness and lacking any real solutions. The forum participants were, a who’s who of Local officials, connected to the issues. That’s why it’s especially disappointing to hear that a “can’t do” attitude prevailed.
The panel was Humboldt County District Attorney Paul Gallegos, DHHS Director Phil Crandall, Eureka Police Chief Andy Mills, Sheriff Mike Downey, Undersheriff Bill Honsal , County Jail Commander Captain Ed Wilkinson, State Probation Agent Alexander Purvis and Public Defender Kevin Robinson.
Collectively they said “it’s not our fault” and blamed the situation on funding, manpower, State Laws and Constitutional rights. None of them tried to cut through excuses and offer any potential real world solutions. The conclusion reach by many in attendance, nothing is going to change and the community remains at risk.
Looks to us like, it’s up the citizens, to demand change from the Supervisors.
(image from Grant Scott-Goforth on Journal website)