How will you improve access to community services, health care, housing and a better quality of life for the disadvantaged in our district?
Ted A. Richard
Candidate for Parish Council District 2
Many seniors and disabled persons have different needs. But they ALL need to be cared for. I would suggest better funding for our current bus system and perhaps add more routes that go into Scott, Duson, and Judice. Also, I would suggest that those persons who are disabled or over the age of 65 should be able to ride for free.
Now more on the "disadvantaged" persons.
We have a severe problem with our courts and jails. The district attorney's office and the public defender's office are not being properly funded. This causes overcrowding in the jail system, which is why Sheriff Garber requested more funding for corrections officers. We currently have over 500 persons sitting in our jails just waiting for a court date, since they cannot afford bail. I would increase the district attorney's budget and work with the State to better fund our public defender's office. The better that we staff those offices, the more our justice system will work in sync, and that alone could save money.
The three stems of the justice system should all work in unison. But you can't have all the gears in place and not continuously oil the gears.
In addition, the Probation and Parole office is overwhelmed and understaffed. For this reason, many persons on probation or parole are released early for "good behavior." This creates lost revenue for both the city and the parish.
In conclusion, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour would also result in less crime, since people would be earning an actual living wage.