Well said, Jeffrey (5:03). I believe some segments of society are coming to
this realization. The problem is two-fold: the ones who are too soft, and the
ones that are too stiff. It is a hard line to walk, and I believe it will take
time and "baby steps," but we I believe we are making progress and will continue
to do so.
The real problem, to me, is that society is more focused on "vengeance justice"
than on prisoner rehabilitation.I'm not saying we should be
providing gourmet dinners and leather sofas for inmates, but we should be
providing help for the addict, education, social skills, etc. Even if we lack
the desire to help the convict, we should realize that by doing the above we
help society, and therefore ourselves. I am sure there are many convicts who are
beyond help, either by choice or action, but I'm sure many more could be helped
in some way.Yes, there absolutely must be consequences for actions,
but our goal with the entire justice system should be on making society safer,
not on ruining the life of a criminal.
Don't stop trying just because some clerk tells you to wait. The "public
servants" work for you and for me. We don't work for them. Being
polite goes a long ways towards solving a problem, but simply asking, "Is there
anyone else that I could talk to that might have a better understanding of the
situation", works wonders. I have never hesitated to ask for a
supervisor when I've run into an apparent stale-mate in government. It has
always worked.Sometimes nothing can be done at that particular
moment, but talking to someone who can solve the problem is better than talking
to someone who obviously doesn't care and obviously isn't going to do their
job.As a side note, working for the government means that you work
for the people, not for your supervisor. You are responsible to solve every
possible problem. You work for US. WE pay your wages. It's time to start
doing your job and to stop finding excuses. Remember, YOU can be replaced -
easily. There are a lot of people who are out of work who are more qualified
than you to help the public with their problems.
This sounds disturbing, but there usually are two sides to each story. Perhaps
a little investigative journalism, DN?I like this letter. It's
genuine, personal but has connections to all of us, and it shines a light on
some probable malfeasance. Thanks for writing, Aaron, and good luck.Side note: an attorney's credibility is undermined when his/her spelling and
grammar is poor.
Hang in there. It will all come together. Get the 7$ job now, and its better
In addition to the very good point you have made, don't forget that you are out
of work, and having to deal with ignorant people who have pretty much guaranteed
jobs for life, and could not possibly care on whit about your personal problems.
They do not know what it is like, to have a real job, where performance and
skill is the way to guarantee that they get to keep that job.Dealing
with a government entity is a nightmare, and there is nothing worse than trying
to get someone who doesn't fear losing their job for incompetence, to help you
get a job under any circumstances.I am sorry things are so bleak,
and people are so ignorant of others. Glad you are striving to set things right,
and I hope you have success soon.
You are absolutely correct about the Fourth District Court in Provo, they are an
absolute nightmare of a joke to work with, and their should be a wholesale house
cleaning down there. Also, they presiding Judge of the Fourth District should
answer for this poorly ran nightmare of a system also. And that is
comming from an attorney.
Good luck to you Aaron. I know there are a lot of barriers out there for
ex-cons, but inability to get a piece of paper from the court system shouldn't
be one of them. Keep trying and hopefully the system will come through for