Video Transcript: [ Silence ] >> Hello. >> Hi. >> Mr. Morris?

Video Transcript:
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>> Hello.
>> Hi.
>> Mr. Morris?
>> Yeah.
>> Hi, I’m Mary Ann Patridge [phonetic], please have seat.
>> Thank you.
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>> Would you preferred to be called Mr. Morris or Philip or how would you like to be–
>> Why don’t we just stick to Mr. Morris for now?
>> Okay, Mr Morris. I’m Mary Ann Patridge. You could–feel free to call me Mary if you like.
>> Thank you.
>> And what we’re here to do today is to review some of the discussion or the mandates that came through a couple of days ago when you went to court, okay?
>> Yes, ma’am.
>> Do you remember what the judge said to you at the end of the court hearing?
>> He says 90 days, I have to see you and that may or may not be the 90 days and there’s a fine which I’ve already taken care of.
>> Very good. That was great that you–you already paid the fine.
>> Yes ma’am.
>> The offense is third degree assault and this is your second conviction.
>> Yes ma’am.
>> Is that correct? Okay.
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Okay.
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And in my records, please, please let me know if you feel that this is not correct information. In the records, it does state that you attempted treatments in the past and wanted to go to the man who [inaudible] program. You had an assessment done at the Women’s Shelter.
>> Yeah. Last year, I already got feelings [inaudible] decided exactly where I was. Before I walked in, and that’s where I was [inaudible] walk out. It made a difference but I [inaudible].
>> Really [inaudible].
>> What? This high.
>> It sounds like you’re saying that you didn’t have a very good experience there?
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>> Wow. Is that one of the reasons why you left, Mr. Morris?
>> Yes ma’am. I had to stand up and say I was manning better [inaudible] for all the folks I didn’t know, do it right away. I don’t know why? They wouldn’t let me just had to figure out where I was. I had to be what they wanted me to be. I said, well, 30 days, ain’t not bad. I did the 30 days.
>> So you chose to do the 30 days. You were in treatment for about two weeks and then you left.
>> Yes ma’am.
>> Did you feel that you got out anything out of the treatment?
>> It was so damning us. I didn’t think I had a chance to [inaudibl]. I don’t think I’ve given much a chance.
>> Well, that really is big of you to be able to locate your part of that, too. And that’s one of the reasons, you know, that we’re here today to kind of look at, you know, what is–what is domestic abuse. Talk about that a little bit and how we can prevent it from happening again and how to keep your family safe. That is really the goal.
>> I don’t want to hurt anybody.
>> Is that something that you care about, Mr. Morris?
>> No. Yeah. I don’t want to hurt nobody.
>> Great, that’s wonderful. What I’d like to do today is review the contract that came through that court sentencing. Also, review you Bill of Rights and also talk about some of the assessment questions. We may not have time to finish the whole assessment today, but we can give it a good start.
>> All right.
>> Are you willing to do that?
>> Yeah. The judge says to come here, I’ll come.
>> Okay.
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Okay.
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I got all your information correct, it looks like, was it–It sounds here that there was a question of alcohol being involved during the–
>> Both times.
>> Both times, okay.
>> Yeah, [inaudible].
>> Yeah. Do you see that as an issue that affects acting out or how?
>> Makes it easy and maybe I don’t know [inaudible]. I just don’t know.
>> What are your goals with regards to trying to stop this from occurring again?
>> I just don’t want to hurt nobody, like I said before. I don’t know what to happen beyond that. It [inaudible] good to have your family just keep running the farm, doing the best I can to listen to what’s good and best.
>> Well, I got some, you know, good news and bad news in a way some things are not negotiable but some things are and the items that are not negotiable would be, you know, you are on a probation to two and a half years, you pay the fine and that was something that you already did, that was very good. And obviously, you know, there’s an order to not have this behavior happen again.
>> Yeah.
>> They’re encouraging that you go to treatment again.
>> It’s going to be that same stuff again?
>> Well, you went the last time it was back in 1998 there are more options now, there are four different programs. You don’t necessarily have to go back to the same one.
>> That’s pressure. If it’s the same stuff can I just tell the judge out into 90 days and done with it?
>> Mr. Morris [phonetic], I–yes you can, absolutely. But I know for a fact based on other clients that I have that the programs have changed and they have improved and–
>> As long as I have, I can do that. If I can do that, [inaudible] willing to give a try.
>> That’s [inaudible] ask you. If you’d be willing to give it a try and if it was some of the same old stuff that got you, you know, now that you’re more comfortable with, you could come back to me and we could talk about what are some of the other options.
>> That’s–yeah. If we could–yeah, then I’d be willing to give it another try.
>> Some of the options would be, you know, you could do the 90 days, you always have that choice.
>> As long as that’s my option, I can do that. Then I’ll be willing to–obviously, I don’t want to spend 90 days in jail.
>> That would be difficult for your work wasn’t it?
>> And they let me out from the farm, I understand [inaudible].
>> Yes, absolutely. Well, I’m really glad that you’re able to look at that and just–to give it another chance even though you have had the negative experiences in the past. I can give you brochures today about the four different programs, you can take it back with you and you could look them over.
>> Then we can talk about which one would be best?
>> Absolutely.
>> Okay. That’d be good.
>> How do you feel about the–well, during this probation also they’re requiring that you don’t drink any alcohol, is that going to be difficult for you?
>> Yeah, but then I drink [inaudible]. It’s hard to always–me and my brothers, too.
>> And your dad died a couple of years ago, is that correct?
>> Yeah, it killed him.
>> I’m so sorry to hear that. And–
>> Don’t be.
>> Was that a difficult experience for you, I mean just–
>> Oh, yeah. Think back, [inaudible remark]. Now I say, it’s right.
>> Well, one of the components of treatment right now is that they address both the alcohol issues and the anger issues and they do that in a context which from the reports I’ve got from other people is much more supportive, they don’t do the first step anymore where you have to go around and say–
>> Hell, no way.
>> Yeah. You’re learning that.
>> Exactly, yeah.
>> Well, I think it’s going very well today and, you know, what I’m going to do is, you know, give you my information and if you find that you can’t stay sober I’d like you to give me a call because this treatment program, they’re not going to probably start for you for at least another month and, you know.
>> Can–What would I do [inaudible]?
>> Well, that’s a big question. I’m going to give you my card, you can call me.
>> Well, I mean do I report to jail or do I just go home or–
>> You can just go home and you meet with me every week so we’ll set up a schedule where–what’s a good date for you?
>> Weekdays pretty much anytime, but some time around noon time or later in the evening, [inaudible] I got chores.
>> Absolutely, that will work fine. We’ll put it then–how about Wednesday?
>> Wednesday is fine.
>> Okay. Well thank you very much Mr. Morris.
>> Is that it?
>> That’s it for today and I’ll see you again next Wednesday.
>> Thank you.
>> I will give you my card and so it has phone number on it.
>> Thank you ma’am.
>> And there’s a 24-hour line too. If you need help, it can get you into that treatment program [inaudible].
>> Okay, well, you just tell me what I need to do.
>> Thank you.
>> Thank you ma’am.
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