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Cause for pause

Last week I had the opportunity to hear from a woman who suffered a horrific rape at the young age of 17.  Not only was she raped, she was raped in her home by a complete stranger.   As she bravely shared her story, what really gave me pause was what she shared with respect to the parole process.  While the media focuses lots of attention on the crime – usually the more horrific the better – and again on the trial, we don’t hear much about what happens when the perpetrator comes up for parole.  As this survivor explained, without proper knowledge of the process or the power a survivor has to affect the outcome of the parole hearing by being present and speaking up, chances are pretty good the perpetrator can be let out on parole well before serving his entire sentence.  Hearing her story of how difficult it was for her to face her perpetrator and navigate the parole system made me wonder how our parole system works here in Ada County.

In fact, earlier this year, during our Legislative Session, we almost had a bill passed that would have allowed perpetrators of “nonviolent” offenses to be released without a parole hearing after 100%-150% of time served of the parole eligibility date.   As part of the Justice Reinvestment act, designed to save money and help move people out of our prisons, the intent was good – the problem was domestic battery, injury to child and attempted strangulation were all considered “nonviolent” offenses!

Suffice it to say, I have become more interested in how our parole system works.  It doesn’t do us much good to get perpetrators in jail if they manage to get out and re-offend consistently.  We have only to think of Selena to see what the tragic consequences can be.  Stay tuned for further follow up on this topic.

 

EVENTS

Jul 11

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Jul 28

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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