FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - All three candidates for Allen County Superior Court Judge participated in a forum at the Fort YWCA offices Monday night.
The most debated question at the forum:
How will the court help felons get back into the work force?
Incumbent Allen County Superior Court Judge Ken Schiebenberger said employers need to be educated that it's okay to hire felons.
"People can be rehabilitated. I started the Drug Court with the intent of helping those people who had an addiction become good citizens in the community, taxpaying citizens and therefore stop the cycle of crime," said Allen County Superior Court Judge Incumbent Ken Scheibenberger.
Part time Deputy Prosecutor & Private Practice Lawyer Wendy Davis said she wants to create a job task force.
"Those that hurt our community and continue to hurt our community, that's what incarceration is about. Rehabilitation are for those that as a judge you can look at and you see hope and you know that there is hope," said Allen County Superior Court Judge Candidate Wendy Davis.
Davis said the task force will reach out to the community, and try to figure out solutions to the problems felons face when applying for jobs.
Part time Public Defender & Private Practice Lawyer Lewis Griffin pointed out, new felons should explain to employers that while on probation, they are closely monitored by the judicial system, which makes them more accountable workers.
"Even thought 95% of them (incarcerated felons) come back, That's when you have to really concentrate on that second prong of public safety, first remove them, second prong is to do your best for rehabilitation so they won't re-offend," said Allen County Superior Court Judge Candidate Lewis Griffin.
The Allen County Superior Court Judge will be elected to a six-year term on November 2.
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