Support system

Boy, here’s a resource I bet Mark Richt wishes he could avail upon himself in Athens:  “In Madison, Bielema even had a network of local cops who told him which players were out at which bars on which nights.”

Sadly, that’s probably a firing offense if you’re a member of the ACCPD.

And here’s an even more alien concept – local government criticism of overly zealous crime enforcement.  (h/t Andy Staples)

Commissioner Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson brought up his concerns over the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office’s small-scale busts for marijuana possession in the community.

He said he has reviewed records that show numerous cases in which people were put in jail for related misdemeanors and remained there for 30 to 40 days at a time, which costs the local government money.

Hutchinson suggested that, in a couple of years, the county begin reducing the Sheriff’s Office’s budget by a certain amount per person for every individual put in jail for this kind of offense during the prior year as an incentive to direct the department’s priorities elsewhere.

“Right now, there’s no disincentive whatsoever,” he said. That money and effort could go to drug treatment and prevention work instead.

“I want to help them re-prioritize because there’s a lot of other things they could be doing,” Hutchinson said.

Not saying whether that’s right or wrong.  But as mindsets go, it sure is a world away from what Richt deals with.

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12 responses to “Support system

  1. mwo

    It would be very nice for the ACCPD, the UGA administration, the Athletic Department, and the ACC government to have the same agenda. I believe peace in the Middle East would be easier to broker, however.

  2. Normaltown Mike

    The ACC powers that be think of Athens as a free wheeling artist commune that has to put up with 30K idiot students. It somehow escapes them that without UGA, the town would be called Cedar Shoals and about as much vivacity as Bowman, Georgia.

    • Dawgfan Will

      Exactly. There are cities and towns with colleges in them, and there are colleges with towns built around them. Athens is definitely in the latter category.

      • dagh

        Actually, it’s more severe than that. Athens exists *only* because UGA was sited here. That’s the whole reason it was called “Athens” and not “Easleyville”–the land may have belonged to Daniel Easley, but it was purchased from him to be a center of learning in Georgia. The lots downtown were part of the property purchase, and were sold to help pay for establishing the school.

        ACCPD and UGAPD are representative of the half of Athens that believe the city would be much nicer if it lost some of that freewheeling, creative energy for more straightforward commerce. This view doesn’t hold the whole campus in contempt, but sees it more as a potentially malignant force in the community. Again, ignoring entirely that there would be no community to bemoan at all if not for the campus’ existence.

  3. Tommy

    Apparently ACC’s budget and bandwidth for such offenses is near-infinite.

  4. Billy Mumphrey

    Hell yes it is right. These types of attitudes are a positive step in moving away from the complete failure that is our war on drugs.

  5. Hogbody Spradlin

    “a network of local cops who told him which players were out at which bars on which nights.”

    Still amateurs compared to Tuscaloosa.

    • AlphaDawg

      “Still amateurs compared to Tuscaloosa.” They’re called non-football operations staff members in the Bama players guide.

  6. Will Trane

    Aaron Hernandez. A lot is being reported and bander about about his UF past…drugs & a penchent toward violence. Nothing ever came out while he played for Urban Meyers. But then one day Meyers burns out and leaves. Many wonder what was in the swamp.

  7. Chuck

    Mark Richt does have such a network with ACCPD and UGA police. Now if he could only get the reports before players get arrested. ;)

  8. JAX

    The Wisconsin example is absolutely nothing compared to the statewide network found in Alabama – as Hog astutely notes.

    One day, and we don’t know when, the facts about the Alabama machine will surface and no one will be surprised to learn the extent of the manipulation.