Too many slaps on the wrist

Recently, there has been a push in the Mid Ohio Valley to bust drug users, traffickers, and suppliers. I am very grateful that the drug task forces seem to be making a small dent in the drug world that is creating abusive environments for children, dangerous communities for citizens, and a large population of slaves to chemicals. However, our legal system is failing the law enforcements efforts.

The police and task forces are pushing hard for arrests, and then once arrested many of those users and traffickers are given slaps on the wrists and sent back out on the streets with our children, in wait for them to violate probation so we can actually punish them. We have a slew of repeat offenders and during this process of catch and release, all the while leaving children in a relentless fight for a safe environment and community. The children of this drug world see evils and are exposed to a multitude of abuses. We are failing them by allowing their parents to stay on the streets when they have proven they can’t function safely and lawfully in our community.

To top it all off our media seems to be filtering who they will plaster all over the TV screens and pages that are supposed to keep us informed about our communities. Many of the offenders are shown on the news and newspapers, as they should be. We need to know who is bringing in drugs, guns, and dangerous suppliers with no ties to our community into our streets. However, there are a select few that for some reason are being shielded.

March 7, 2014, Molly Rudolph was sentenced to 120 days in Washington County Jail and three years probation for three felony counts of heroin trafficking by Judge Burnworth. She was never placed on WTAP and never reported by the local papers, past a couple of lines in an article about another trafficker. Other offenders have been reported on far more vigorously for more minor offenses and have been considered front page news.

Our community should be passionate about seeing these faces, more rehab services and support, more resources and projects for children victimized and stuck in horrific circumstances, more demanding for tougher sentences on these offenders. The drug world is a parasite on our economy, a war zone for our community, and Hades for the children that get born into it.

Jennifer Ireland