In the April 18, 2012 edition of The Express, Mr. Kevin Fryer advocated for the county to become involved in the re-entry initiative and rehabilitation of convicted criminals by having them return from prison to live in Clinton County. He termed my opposition to his position as "simple minded."
I have spent all 55 years of my life in this community, the last 30 years being involved in the Clinton County criminal justice system. I have experienced first-hand the recidivism of the "rehabilitated criminal." My office deals daily with probation and parole violators who continue to commit crimes in the county.
I state without reservation that I do not want to live with, beside or near a violent criminal who has been "rehabilitated." It is my desire that all law-abiding Clinton County residents not be forced to do so, either.
Mr. Fryer has lived in Clinton County for two months. I assume then that he is unaware of what happened to Williamsport when the city decided to get into the "rehabilitation business." I do not want Clinton County to start down that path. However, I will give Mr. Fryer the benefit of the doubt and accept at face value that he wants to assist with the re-entry and rehabilitation of convicted criminals.
State and county inmates are constantly in need of an approved residence in order to have their parole request granted. If Mr. Fryer would forward his contact information, I will personally see that he is provided an opportunity to have a murderer, sexually violent predator, rapist, robber, arsonist or meth addict come and live with him. That way, he can do his part to assist in seeing that convicted criminals choose Clinton County as their residence of choice.
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Michael F. Salisbury is the Clinton County district attorney.