West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections

Director Magdalena Morales-Aina

800 E. Overland
Suite 100
El Paso, Texas 79901-2516
Phone (915) 546-8120
Fax (915) 546-8130
WestTexasCSCD
@epcounty.com

West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department

  • In the News
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  • Local news Tuesday, September 19, 2006
  • Probationer work Expand projects to help keep city clean
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  • El Paso Times
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  • Using probationers to perform clean-up work and other public service continues to be a good idea. It might even be expanded.
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  • It's understood there are liability concerns, and that is even more evident if persons serving time in jail are used. That brings up other issues to consider, such as the needed personnel for supervision on the job sites.
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  • But it would serve El Paso well if probationers and inmates were sent to more areas that are in need of litter removal, weeding and assorted repair jobs -- at no cost to the taxpayers. Paid employees on city crews would then be free to tackle other projects.
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  • In Wisconsin, for example, prisoners have been used to remove snow and rake leaves in yards of elderly citizens.
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  • Community service has long been used as a condition of probation. Some 100 probationers worked at historical landmark Concordia Cemetery Saturday. Concordia cleanup is the normal Wednesday and Saturday practice of the Adult Probation Department.
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  • But with recent rains, tall weeds are an added problem and extra work is needed. There is no regular maintenance service at the cemetery, where more than 60,000 people are buried, said Sue Phillips of the Concordia Heritage Association.
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  • There must be a way to allow cities and counties to use certain prisoners -- non-violent, of course -- to perform needed clean-up work, and it may be surmised that some prisoners would rather be outside in the sun and fresh air than locked up behind bars.
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  • Perhaps there would be plenty of volunteers.
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  • This is not chain-gang work, such as digging ditches for the sake of forcing hard labor. Most people can think of many tasks that would benefit the citizenry.
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  • For example, many lots in El Paso have the same weed problem as does the cemetery. There's paper litter on virtually any sight line. Cans and plastic bottles are strewn throughout the county.
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  • People have been known to dump trash in the desert and in arroyos. All violators are not caught and prosecuted.
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  • Somebody still has to clean it up.
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  • There are those discarded tires that are not only unsightly, but are havens for vermin and for mosquito breeding.
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  • Some 100 probationers helping out with problems at Concordia, a major El Paso tourist site, shows what can be done.
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  • Let's do more of this.