A Judge’s Job during the Opioid Crisis | The Uncertain Hour


As a prosecutor, you’re an advocate. You’re supposed to be vindicating victims, making them whole. And it’s just a completely different process being a judge. You’re the one looking at them and their families and saying this is what society requires. We have to have order. The face of the criminal justice system has changed. Violent crime is way, way down. Crimes related to drug activity, they’re up. I think it’s just the nature of the crime has changed a lot. When I started prosecuting in the ’90s, it was very rare to have a female be incarcerated. In fact, in Scott County, we didn’t have a facility for females. We had to send them to Bristol and pay Bristol to house any females who went to jail. It seems to cause a lot more trouble in the family area. They primarily are responsible for the child rearing, and it wasn’t that big of a disruption when a male was incarcerated, but it’s much more of a disruption, it seems like, when females are. I didn’t go into law and become a prosecutor to deal with people’s mental health problems and addiction issues. That is not something that I’m equipped to do. What we really have here more than anything is a real mental health tragedy.

One Reply to “A Judge’s Job during the Opioid Crisis | The Uncertain Hour”

  1. It’s not at all a mental health tragedy. It’s an act of warfare, chemical warfare by a hostile nation, mostly Mexico, against the American people and the incompetent and illegitimate US government. A foreign state is killing 70,000 plus Americans and destroying the lives of millions and pillaging billions and our incompetent and failed federal government stands by enriching itself and engaged in treason level avoidance of the reality that it is chemical warfare by Mexico against the American people along with the full on invasion by foreign nationals.

    Treason is the only thing keeping DC in power at this point.

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