Chief of Police, The Aurora Illinois, USA Police Department: Allow Amber E. Alvarez to enter the Kane Co. Drug/Mental Health Court.
Change.org Petition by C.S. Ralls of Plano, Illinois: Petitioning the Aurora Illinois Police Department, Kane County Illinois State's Attorney's Office, et al., to allow my 33 year old daughter, Amber Elaine Alvarez (an Army veteran, a single mother with NO PRIORS who has a dual diagnosis of chronic postpartum and clinical depression and an alcohol/ chemical dependency she acquired in the Army at age 17), to be diverted into a chemical dependency rehabilitation center where she can receive the appropriate medical care.
At 16 years old, Amber scored the highest out of all her peers on the Military Entrance Exam and was hand-picked for service as a Linguistic Specialist at the prestigious Foreign Language Institute, Monterrey, CA. As others who have also served in this capacity can tell you, this is an incredibly demanding, stressful post where drinking is encouraged by all. She was a minor and the Army was supposed to take care of her! They were her guardian! Now, she finally has a chance to get the help she needs that the Army did NOT give her but these entities will NOT do the right thing! Help us please!
It was a combination of the alcoholism, clinical depression and full-blown postpartum depression that landed her 3 children in my care. I don't know if my daughter is guilty or not of anything but I do know she is being treated unfairly! Persons who have the exact same non-violent charges and even WORSE are routinely diverted into drug and/or mental health court. Many of these are repeat offenders who have a Public Defender but, the majority of them are those who can afford bail and a private attorney.
If Amber is convicted of a felony, she will not be able to live with and/or visit her 3 minor children who live with me in our federally subsidized home EVER. Basically, this conviction, and not receiving the appropriate treatment, would exacerbate Amber's depression (and suicidal ideation), as well as, condemn her to carrying that felony conviction for the rest of her life even though she has NO PRIORS. This would permanently place Amber at an insurmountable disadvantage in this economy to become employed, to provide a home and thus, be reunited with her children as a family. [ Please help by signing the petition http://goo.gl/7Ssjo ]
If she is sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections instead of a rehabilitation center, this will inflict more psychological and emotional harm upon these 3 beautiful, young children. They need and want their mother so very badly. Please, won't you assist my 3 grandchildren in their fight to get their mother the help she needs so she can come home to them?
THE WAR ON DRUGS IS REALLY A WAR ON THE POOR! [Please add your name to the petition to try Amber in Mental/Drug Court http://goo.gl/7Ssjo Then pass the petition on to your friends. Thanks for helping Amber have Dog Justice for the Mentally Ill]
Furthermore, I am a chronically ill single grandmother with disabilities who really needs my daughter, Amber, to be able to live with us here in our home. This conviction would have many more deeper, far-reaching consequences that are totally unfair, unjustifiable and disproportionate under these circumstances:
NO PRIORS, A VETERAN & A SINGLE MOTHER OF 3 YOUNG CHILDREN WHO NEEDS MEDICAL CARE *NOT* INCARCERATION. PLUS, IT WOULD NOT COST THE STATE OF ILLINOIS TAXPAYERS A DIME AS THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WOULD PAY THE COSTS OF HER REHABILITATION STAY. THE FOLLOWING IS THE ANNUAL COST OF FEMALE INMATE INCARCERATION AT DWIGHT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY AS OF 8/31/11:
Dwight Correctional Center
Opened: November 1930
*Operational Capacity: 1,212
Maximum Security Adult Female
*Current Population: 1,018
Average Age: 34
Average Annual Cost Per Inmate: $33,977.00
*As of 8/31/2011. Reflects bed space capacity analysis as outlined in the October 1, 2011 Quarterly Report to the Legislature.
OTHER COUNTIES HAVE VET COURTS, COOK, McHENRY, LAKE, MADISON, ETC, BUT NOT KANE. WHY??
Please add your name to the petition to try Amber in Mental/Drug Court http://goo.gl/7Ssjo- Then pass the petition on to your friends. Thanks for helping Amber have Dog Justice for the Mentally Ill. Change.org Petition's Full link http://www.change.org/petitions/chief-of-police-the-aurora-illinois-usa-police-department-allow-amber-e-alvarez-to-enter-the-kane-co-drug-mental-health-court
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