Re: Hats Off To The Good People Of Missouri!
Well this will blow my smart*ss image outa the water...........I've been a volunteer mentor in one of these programs through my county's Sheriffs Department since '96. Twice a month I "do time" with some of the same type of kids I send up for shoplifting and the like. But, being that I live quite a ways away from where I work I never see the the same kids. Besides, there are guidelines that prohibit both myself and the Deputies I volunteer with from being in contact with the same kids we've had 'first contact' with.
In the years that I've been involved with this I've seen a bit more success stories than repeat-offending stories, and that differential keeps growing.
Although I maintain a "jaded" facade, this exeptional set of programs is making a profound difference.....one individual at a time.......
Just don't tell any of my buds I'm a genuine caring, good-hearted guy 12 hours a month...it'll be our little secret.
You can educate dumb, but you can't fix stupid!
If guns kill people, then I blame my pen/pencil/keyboard for misspelled words!