As a victim’s advocate in the Cache County Attorney’s Office, Teryl Warner sees a lot of repetition among the criminals arrested. Warner told the County Council Tuesday that some of those breaking the law are enrolled in a program, but she said they are usually for a month, for 100 days or perhaps a year.
Then, she said, they are back in the system. Besides hurting themselves, it also takes up people’s time and taxpayer money.
Warner said her office has come up with an idea for a program that would have a good chance of working. It’s called “Cache Achieve.”
“If they are in Cache Achieve and they have a food or clothing need, we have a resource where we’re going to refer them and can be part of the plea negotiation,” she said. “If they have a substance abuse issue, we have places to refer them, and it would be part of that plea negotiation. If they have trauma issues, they can go to The Family Place.
“If they have a gaming addiction, which is something we’re seeing a lot more of in domestic violence, we can get them into a therapy program for gaming. If they have parenting or step parenting issues, we can send them to The Family Place.”
Warner said follow-up could take place at 60 days, 100 days and 180 days to see if participants have completed the program and if they could get a good reduction or sometimes even get their case dismissed. Councilmembers said they believe it’s an idea that could work.