Commonwealth’s Attorney Parker Boggs addressed the first meeting of the Community Service Leadership Council (CLSC) on Thursday. The CLSC was established by Boggs to play a role in combating this county’s drug epidemic.
The meeting was led by Boggs and included participation from several elected officials and community leaders from around Harlan County.
Officials and community advocates held comprehensive and in-depth discussions on the parameters of the program. They addressed hurdles that must be overcome prior to complete implementation of the community service projects and discussed ideas designed to turn a pool of volunteer hours into a constant and considerable charge of meaningful action.
Boggs reiterated that the program’s ultimate mission was to “utilize the criminal justice system’s mandated supervised release programs to create a workforce of supervised defendants capable of transforming this county for the better through service projects.”
The council expressed a desire to create supervised community service projects which will benefit the general public, while simultaneously rehabilitating participants by exposing them to new skills and environments which may lead them towards a more productive lifestyle.
“The Community Service Leadership Council is not designed to be passive,” Boggs said. “We need these individuals to work with us to develop a program from the ground up that will turn a problem into a resource. The legislature has mandated that we not prosecute or probate most all drug offenses, we are looking to turn the consequences of that mandate into a service project useful to Harlan County…these community leaders were chosen to be a part of this council because of our belief that they would roll their sleeves up and utilize their time and ideas to fuel this program’s implementation and hopeful expansion.”
More than thirty individuals attended the meeting, which Boggs considered an encouraging success.
“I am excited for the future,” Boggs stated. “This program has far reaching benefits that I hope will affect us all, and make Harlan County a better place to live.”