2011-11-18 / Letters

Inmate Against Deutchman

Dear Editor,

I am a 67-year-old inmate at Sullivan Correctional Facility, and although I have never lived in your area, I know it very well since I was a kid. It is a beautiful area.

Several years ago I was trained by two managers (the best in the business) in the Brooklyn area to manage a transitional house called Young Residence.

I am really shocked to read that crime has increased due to these sober houses which we call “Transitional Houses.” I can only assume that Mr. Deutchman, has not placed proper management within these houses, thus letting them run wild. If properly operated, houses of this nature actually help the community.

Let me just give you an example; all clients must sign a contract, an agreement that they will not bring into the house anything that is illegal, drugs, alcohol, weapons, nor will they attempt to enter intoxicated. If a client breaks the rules, they could be terminated immediately. They also sign to accept a daily chore within or around the house or the community.

A properly operated house would have an 11 p.m. curfew. House meetings are also held weekly and community members are invited to attend. This is just an idea of what Mr. Deutchman’s managers should be doing.

WILLIAM RANDALL

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