My Colorado Representatives:
According to my newspaper, a bill before the Colorado Legislature will provide for a third party firm to send text message reminders (twice – I guess it must be easy to forget the first reminder) to defendants that they have a date and time to appear in court. And then if they still miss their court date, they will receive another text message (third time is a charm?) that a warrant has been issued for their arrest.
My first reaction to this was that Colorado must have a lot of uncaring defendants or many that will only appear if dragged into the courtroom in cuffs and leg irons. On a subsequent page, the same newspaper described a defendant (driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs) had written and carried along a reminder note (not a text message) to “sell drugs” and “sell food stamps.” You wouldn’t want to forget to do that!
Why am I bringing this up to my federal representatives? Simple!
One of our biggest border security problems over the past years has been Illegal aliens crossing our borders, facing a judge and being told to reappear at a (way) later date for a disposition of their criminal case. I’m told many never reappear. Perhaps texting those defendants will solve that problem? Sending two messages will certainly help.
But then initiating such a program would certainly require some special funding. Perhaps contracting with Google (they know where everybody is) to issue the messages would work. Google might even give the government a discount if they are allowed to send an advertisement with each appearance message:
Need an extra charge for your cell while waiting in the courtroom? Need to keep up with twitter and facebook? Get a YretTab plug-in power supply for your cell (or pad.) Do it immediately when next month’s welfare check comes in. Be sure to ask for the “Defendant’s Discount” available at almost all pawn shops.
But then I realized how wrong I am to think this way. The reason that most of these defendants do not appear is that, like our driver, they are so messed up on drugs (beyond their control, I know) they can’t remember, or care, about their silly “appearance” or whatever…
Go for it! Such a program would probably only cost twice as much (every two years or so – or infinitely – like every good government program) as securing the border, stopping a big portion of the drug flow, reducing the number of illegal entry “defendants” awaiting court dates, reducing crime…etc…but I digress.
Tom Howe – Flying W Ranch – Hotchkiss, Colorado
 Grand Junction Daily Sentinel 2/12/19
 I’m guessing the assumption is that all defendants have their own O’Bama Phones