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Skyland Ranch and the Justice System
We regularly report to probation officers or courts if requested. While court systems do not commit residents to the ranch; often a resident might be required to be monitored. We also are a "community service" outlet for many jurisdictions, i.e., King, Pierce and Snohomish counties locally, and for foreign jurisdictions where required.
While the primary function of Skyland Ranch is that of a therapeutic residence, providing long term care, we sometimes are called upon to serve those persons who have run afoul of the criminal justice system as a result of their abuse of drugs and alcohol.
Alcoholism and drug addiction seem to go hand in hand with the courts and probation system for a majority of young men caught in an ever expanding cycle of trouble with society. Because of Dave Pitkin's experience as a prosecutor, defense attorney and judge, we are uniquely able to deal with courts and probation officers from around the country. While courts do not "commit" residents to the ranch per se, we often cooperate with them in monitoring and reporting on a regular basis where required.
In one instance a resident was able to substitute a successful stay of 18 months at Skyland for 15 years in prison in Mississippi for vehicular manslaughter.
Skyland Ranch also serves as a "community service provider" for many jurisdictions. We have served in that capacity for courts in California, Alabama, Mississippi and particularly in our local King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Our residents clean up the debris and trash left by the public in the Snoqualamie National Forest which is our boundary to the East.