Jensen said what happened was not a “slick, middle-of-the-night deal,” but he said he’ll drop his support if that’s what his constituents want.
“If you don’t want that facility right there at that location, so be it,” he said.
Who cares about the facts and the need for the facility -- the loudest "not in my backyard" voices will win this fight with him, irregardless of the benefits of successful rehabilitation of local non-violent criminals, their families and society at large.
Guess what, Rep Jensen, you are a REPRESENTATIVE. If we wanted this decision made directly by all of us, we'd just have a referendum. As a Rep, you are authorized (and paid) to do some research and vote for the common good, not just parrot your vote from what the shrillest voices demand.
Craig Tiezen (yes, a Republican) seems more interested in doing the right thing instead of just what people are yelling loudest.
Craig Tieszen, R-Rapid City, said legislators need to evaluate the seriousness of that potential impact. The temporary minimum-security unit on Creek Drive and the county facility north of the Civic Center haven’t created problems, he said.
“Those facilities have not and do not seriously impact surrounding areas,” Tieszen said.
Tieszen said he’s cautiously supportive of the plan.
Wow. A real, grown-up as a Republican legislator...I wish we had more of them around here.