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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Safe Communities - Planning for the Future

On Thursday, September 8, 2005, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. the Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) will be sponsoring a community meeting at the North Idaho College (NIC) Student Union Building, Lake Coeur d'Alene Room. The meeting's theme is "Safe Communities - Planning for the Future". The promotional flyer lists four topics for discussion:
  • Prison Population Growth. Can we reduce prison growth?
  • More Offenders in Communities. How can communities enhance safety as the state experiences growth in probation and parole?
  • Treatment. What works? Is more needed?
  • Sex Offender Supervision. How does idaho track sex offenders? Are there ways to enhance safety?

The flyer does not specifically identify panelists, however it lists the following names under the NIC logo: Tony Stewart, Rep. Mike Mitchell, Rep. John Rusche, Rep. George Eskridge, and Rep. George Saylor (sic). I presume they will be the panelists at NIC . If so, I'm very disappointed at the absence of any practicing social or behavioral scientists, public administrators, and members from the community at large. If the goal of the forum is to enhance community safety by planning for the future as the flyer states, then including only legislators on the panel would seem to leave the "community" out of community safety planning.

I understand that NIC will be formally announcing its Popcorn Forum schedule tomorrow, August 31, 2005. Why didn't NIC and IDOC publicize the September 8 event sooner? These are important community issues.

Addendum on 09-01-2005 at 10:45 a.m.: In response to my voicemail inquiry, Kerrin Tenneson, Sr. Administrative Asst.North Idaho CollegeSocial & Behavioral Sciences Division, sent an email identifying additional panelists. They are:

  • Tom Beauclair, Director, Idaho Department of Correction
  • Vince Rodriguez, District 1 Manager, Idaho Department of Correction
  • Thomas Hearn and Kathy Baird, Idaho Sex Offender Classification Board
  • Steve Nelsen and Tom Hadlow, Program Coordinators, Idaho Department of Correction


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