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Common Law No. 18: Battling drug addiction through prison

Devon Thompson was on probation for drug possession, when he started using again and stopped seeing his supervising officer. When police showed up to serve him his arrest warrant, he told them he was someone else. After being sentenced to 24 months in prison on the drug charges, he went before Judge Ben Burgess for sentencing on obstruction of justice. Prosecutors asked for the judge to add nine months to Thompson’s sentence. Public defender Lacy Gilmour asked for probation. The judge had to decide if an extra nine months in prison would help a drug addict.