2.10.2010

I'm Late To The Party On This

Some good folks are trying to set up a halfway house in Chico for folks which have gone through Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facilities (SAFPF). Let me tell you how SAFPF works: It starts as a six month in-house drug rehab program run by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Yeah, it's basically the pen. From there, they are released to a 90 day halfway house like they are trying to set up in Chico. Ninety-nine percent of the time, SAFPF it is a condition of a drug probation that was part of a plea bargain that a defendant reluctantly accepts to avoid a potentially long prison time. (And all those that go through the program aren't "felons" because some are on a probation that did not result in a conviction.) I've had several clients that would much rather have just "regular pen time" than SAFPF because once they would be through with the six months incarceration and then the halfway house, they would be back under the thumb of probation. And if they are under the thumb of probation, they can still end up having that probation revoked resulting in a prison sentence anyway -- Even after jumping through the hoops of SAFPF. Of course, that has nothing to do with the fact that the proposed halfway house in Chico is being confronted by the "not in my backyard" crowd.

34 comments:

Not so Wise in the County said...

I wonder if this is the same group(s) who tried to do this in runaway bay a couple of years back under the name of lakeshore ministries, law enforcement always seem to have a bad opinion of anyone trying to do anything like this in this county, so its ok for the sheriff to have a meetings on halloween for sex offenders to get them off the street but not ok for someone else to try and help fix because its not Sheriff Depts Idea?
So what no transprotation, housing, jobs, so what let them try and fail so someone can build off that failure but if you always slap their hand before they get to that point then no one ever learns, its like 16 year olds and driving, until they get that first ticket and have to spend a month clearing fence lines to pay for it do they truly respect the fact that they should not speed.

mzchief said...

From what I have heard about Chico, having a any percentage of the population of Chico residents IN drug rehab is a MASSIVE improvement.

Anonymous said...

Halfway houses are wonderful places which give ex-offenders a chance at life outside. Anyone who has the least bit of compassion would see that these folks have paid their debt to society and we owe it to them to help them succeed and get their lives back on track. Would its opponents rather their taxes go for the state to pay for the revolving door back into prisons as a result of unforgiving and cold-hearted citizens who won't give the ex-offender a chance to make it? Makes me sick because I'll bet a lot of those opponents also call themselves Christians...does not compute.

Anonymous said...

There is shit a lot worse than that in their backyard already. Dumbasses

Anonymous said...

I don't see what the problem is. Chico is, and has always been, an irrelevant town that no one cares about.

I grew up in Boyd, and I don't know about the rest of the county, but, we always thought of Chico as something akin to a 3rd world country. I'm not sure if they even have running water there yet. So, I don't know what all the fuss is about. Chico seems like the appropriate place.

Anonymous said...

Chico is not the place for this. A lot of the defendants are from Wise County and they would be right back with the friends that put them there in the first place. The program is supposed to ease them back into society by getting jobs. There are no jobs in Chico. A couple of retail businesses and a bank. Chico has a rough enough time right now without unemployed drug addicts in reahab wandering the streets.
I suggest you check with J. D Clark the mayor and get his take on this. He may be young but you better be prepared or you will be over your head in a debate with him.

Anonymous said...

Why can't the Battling Earthworms put the half way house in the old Kmart there in Chico.
It has been vacant a long time since Ima Telling U left town.
If they don't want it, Alvord would be a good place and maybe bring a new Food Mart with it.
While we are at it CVS should drop high class Decatur and come to Alvord too.
Bet the city council won't object and make them have a sidewalk for the skate boarders.

Anonymous said...

11:51

You know it's funny, I moved into this county from another place and I always thought the same thing about Boyd as you think about Chico.

Hello pot..please meet kettle...

Not so Wise in the County said...

kettle pot... chico kmart ... maybe we should just put a fence around the whole county and tell everyone who has never done drugs to get out, then we can rehab the whole county.

Anonymous said...

12:53 - You beat me to it! I have always heard Boyd referred to as the armpit of the county.
Remember the saying about people living in glass houses.

Anonymous said...

Amen 12:53. Boyd is just as trashy and low class as Newark and Chico if not worse!

Anonymous said...

11:51
How long you been alive?
Talk about the pot. Boyd has definitely got something in their water. The first time I got a swig I spit it out. God most awful stuff I ever had.
And you are closer to Newark too.
Can't compain about Chico's water except I glow in the dark after drinking it.

Anonymous said...

Mzchief, For once, I agree with you! They don't want a half way house in their back yard because that may mess up their drug revenue.

Anonymous said...

All you Chico bashers just take another snort and get on down the road. We don't want you either. Just a thought, look in your own community, wherever it may be and tell everyone there is no drugs. Wishful thinking isn't it.

Anonymous said...

my god, boyd residents thnking something bad about chico? how frickin hilarious!!!
i am LMAO !!!
how crazy. how frickin crazy is that?

Anonymous said...

interesting...i live in paradise and our general feelings are:

alvord - the stinky feet of wise county
aurora - the mullett of wise county
chico - scrapped up knees of wise county
decatur - clean butthole of wise county
bridgeport - the rick-rack***(see below) of wise county
paradise - the brains and beauty of wise county
boyd - the hairy back of wise county
greenwood - the wart of wise county
newark - the middle finger of wise county
new fairview - the long pinky finger nail of wise county
rhome - the uni-brown of wise county
runaway bay - the bladder of wise county
slidell - the lint in the belly button of wise county

***for those of you not familiar with the "rick-rack", it's the area between your waste management headquarters...

Anonymous said...

Jobs is the key to the success of the program and Chico is too small to offer employment.

Chico being small does not make it backward. Being a resident, not only do I have water but enjoy high speed internet with video conferencing. Living in a small rural town has a lot of advantages, if you like a slower pace and fewer ordinances.


My bank, grocery store, Wise General, hardware store and several resturants take care of our basic needs. Then we are less than an hour's drive from the city. UPS delivers to my front door anything I can find to order online.

It is not Highland Park, but it offers quality of life for retirement or work at home.

The community has the right to welcome or not welcome the treatment center. Not being large enought to fund a city police force is the main reason I object to the treatment center being located here. There are larger towns better suited to meet the needs and deal with any law enforcement issues.

Anonymous said...

Hey 3:41 those are funny, but you forgot one:

Paradise - the oxymoron of Wise County. No, oxymoron is not a stupid, zit-faced, idiot, teen-ager. See definition below:

oxymoron -
A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.

In other words...Paradise ain't exactly paradise.

Anonymous said...

Paradise= FUPA of Wise County

Anonymous said...

Chico is no place for a half way house since the city has no police enforcement. Unless you count the Sheriff's department car that runs through the city from time to time or the drug enforcement officier located at the schools. Unless a 24/7 police force is put in place the half way house needs to go elsewhere.
For those of you bashing Chico, you need to stop and look at your own city first. Not all the people who live here are drug users or pushers. Every city in Wise county has problems with drugs, not just Chico. I am not saying Chico is the greatest city in Wise County, far from it, but we are not a bunch of ill educated hillbillies either.

Anonymous said...

Exactly where in Chico are they planning to put this halfway house?

Anonymous said...

Anyone in Wise County thinking their town is better than another Wise County town is living in a fool's paradise (no pun intended). Wise County has the ugliest towns in Texas. Wise County is not exactly the fun capital of the Southwest.

Anonymous said...

Boyd is far superior to Chico. Boyd has two state championships in the only sport that matters, football. How many football state championships do other wise county schools have collectively.....uh.....NONE!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thats Funny...someone from boyd talking about people from Chico.......

Anonymous said...

9:00 p.m. has not traveled around in Texas enough to compare Wise County towns with others. Wise County is close to a lot of entertainment.

Chico has restored the square and the old drug store. It is not jumping with night life, but some of the best chicken fried steak can be had at Mom's on the square.

At least Wise County towns are not all boarded up due to the local oil/gas economy. Look at all the new high schools!

Even though we are not a Southlake, we know enough to understand our town cannot deal with the needs of a treatment center.

Those who are wanting it should withdraw any plans since the majority speaking out are against it. Without businesses offering to hire or residents offering to help, the plan is not right. It is not a fit and will not benefit the community.

Anonymous said...

I live in Chico, and I'd let them put such a place in my backyard. It couldn't be worse than the people who live here already.

In fact, I couldn't care less about the people in this town due to the way they treat other people.

Anonymous said...

Just for a change of vitriol -

Are "folks" and "clients" not persons"

Should it not more accurately read "folks who" and "clients who"?

Oops...guess that is a clue to when I was part of the "readin', writin' group

Anonymous said...

9:30 your response is so hilarious because it typifies the mind-set of the Boyd populus, that football actually matters and is what makes a good city. LMAO!!!! What an idiot you must be!

Anonymous said...

Well not being from Chico but the fear of them wanting in my town made me do research on the group. I have found NOTHING listed anywhere under this name- The Stars Foundation, Stars Foundation ect. I have contacted the Texas Department of Corrections and they have not heard of them either. From all of the info I have gathered this is a private business wanting to make money in a quick get rich scheme.....

Anonymous said...

The new group home in Crafton is not for felons but homeless people from the Metroplex.... already been doing research on this group also.... last weekend they set up at the Bowie Wal-Mart asking for donations help with their bills. My thoughts on this is..... there is not much for someone to do in Crafton with no car, no job, no family, so I'm sure the crime rate will begin to rise on that side of the county. Rather than bash each others towns do your research... next week they could be wanting to relocate to your town. For those of you that are welcoming them you should put an ad it in the newspaper so the groups won't waste valuable time trying get approval from communities that don't want them.

Anonymous said...

Located in the back yard of Cox Ready Mix on 101, Ima tellin U.

Anonymous said...

7:32
Actually I have traveled around Texas quite a bit. El Paso to Texarkana, Texline to Brownsville, and everything in between. This I can tell you; Wise county has more junk cars in yards, falling down builings, abandoned mobile homes, rock dust, fast food litter, and unpaved roads than any other part of Texas.
You are right about the square in Chico, one of the better things here.

Anonymous said...

10:10 - You are an idiot for not picking up on the sarcasm.

Anonymous said...

Bridgeport has plenty of police ,maybe we could loan you some.