Criminal Justice or is it?

So often, the frustration of dealing with the courts remains my biggest regret.

We tried to get charges we had filed (mistaking the charge we thought we weren’t filing for a more serious one actually ..)

I wrote, with no success to explain the situation. My pleas fell on deaf ears.

In the end, as one of Sean’s friends said ” I could never understand what that kid was in jail for..”

State’s Attorney Office

32 Cherry St.

Burlington, VT 05401

October 18, 2015

Justin Jiron, Esq.:

In November of 2014 I made a request to Edward Sutton Esq, stating that I would like to drop charges in the two alleged burglary incidents at my home on August 17th and 18th. These charges are against my son Sean Blake. I would like to reiterate that is still my opinion nearly one year later.

As I mentioned in my previous letter, I was frustrated with Sean’s coming into our home. He didn’t think I was home and intended to retrieve some personal items. I was home with my younger son, my husband was teaching away for the semester. I was worried he was going to steal from us. I asked the police to press charges, as I thought I was enforcing a no-trespass order. Unfortunately, that order had not yet been served. I did not intend to press charges for burglary. I thought he might get a warning or minor offense ticket.

After reviewing all of Sean’s charges, I would like to reiterate my request to drop all charges related to those incidents on August 17 and 18.

I feel strongly that Sean needs more treatment and less incarceration. In jail he has not received the treatment he needs to recover fully.

I have confidence in Sean’s ability to improve and become a productive member of society. I think this is more likely to occur if he receives treatment.

I hope Sean can continue treatment as part of sentencing for his offenses.

Sincerely,

Kimberly D. Blake

Author: for-kindness

Sean Blake, my son was 27 when he died from an accidental overdose. Sean was for kindness. Writings, poems, and posts to keep his spirit alive. His story is shared to heighten up awareness of the effect of mental illness and substance use disorder.

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