Michael Brandy, Deseret Morning News
A parole officer, left, escorts parolee Jordan Gleave to a police car at the AP&P building in Salt Lake.

The kid has obviously got money. With his collared Polo shirt and bleached swatch of hair, he looks more preppie than addict.

But Jordan Gleave is actually 23 and has a history of crimes and probation violations related to drug use under his belt dating back years. Today his hands are cuffed and his new Nikes tucked beneath the bench of a holding cell.

He's exasperated, responding to the third set of questions from armed agents at the regional office of Utah's Adult Probation and Parole division.

"I was straight up with him," he blusters to agent Nathan Eldridge. "I told him I was going to piss dirty."

"You were going to get another chance —" Eldridge starts....

"Look, I know that I haven't taken advantage of my opportunities," the offender interrupts.

"I understand what you have to do. I know I'm going to jail because of my actions," Gleave said. "It's called an addiction."

Gleave is sullen and angry with reporters who are documenting a day's worth of interactions between AP&P agents and their clients. His case and crimes are well-documented in court, police and state files, but he chooses not to be interviewed about why he is handcuffed with parole agents.

An hour later he is back in a Salt Lake County Jail cell for violating probation — one more inmate in a jail population of 1,986 that day, and one more failure for a criminal justice system overburdened with substance abusers who won't or can't quit.

The circumstances that got Gleave here repeat over and over for parole and probation agents every week.

Gleave originally pleaded guilty to attempted forgery and theft by receiving in a July 2005 case. He did 15 days in jail, but a judge waived the rest of the one-year jail sentence and ordered three months of probation.

He got out of jail, and a week later — on the first day he reported to his supervising probation agent at AP&P

— he tested positive for marijuana.

At a court hearing shortly after that, 3rd District Judge Denise Lindberg said she would have "zero tolerance" for Gleave's future probation violations.

Three months later, on March 23, 2006, AP&P issued another warrant because the offender failed to comply with probation.

He was booked into jail March 27 but stayed only a week before he was released to probation supervision April 4.

By Aug.16, probation officers requested another warrant for Gleave's arrest. The sequence continues:

Aug. 31, 2007 — Gleave's probation is revoked and the clock restarted on three years of supervision. As a sanction, he is ordered to spend 30 days in jail.

Oct. 5, 2007 — AP&P imposes electronic monitoring until Gleave is accepted to an inpatient substance abuse treatment program.

Nov. 27, 2007 — He shows up high to check in with probation agent Regan Ray. His urinalysis is "dirty" for drugs, and his mom has to come pick him up.

Nov. 30, 2007 — AP&P requests a warrant for probation violation.

Dec. 4, 2007 — Gleave checks in with his agent, is handcuffed and booked into jail.

Court records show his criminal history started with a public urination charge in 2003. But Gleave is in the predicament with his probation officer on this particular day because of his affinity for cocaine and heroin, according to parole and probation officers. Besides the "dirty" urinalysis, he hasn't been in mandatory contact with the company from whose substance abuse program he graduated.

"He has entitlement issues," his supervisor says.

"I've done more work on his case than he has," said probation agent Ray. "There's kind of a general rule that you don't work harder on their probation than they do."

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