Cleveland landlord concerned some drug convicts on probation aren't tested enough

Landlord claims some on probation not test enough
Posted at 10:43 PM, Jul 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-20 22:43:51-04

Dolores Manley is a Cleveland landlord who is concerned some drug convicts on probation aren't getting all of the court ordered drug testing they need to keep their rehabilitation on track.

Manley says she's had to deal with some drug convicts who aren't being held accountable by their probation officers, and are threatening some of her tenants.

"I think it stinks, cause they're not doing their job," said Manley. "I told this probation officer this guy who comes to my home needs to be tested, because he's repeatedly threatened to kill his girlfriend, who's a tenant at my house. Ever since he's come around here, he's never had a drug test from her, that I know of, because if he would have one they would put him in jail."

News 5 took Manley's concerns to Administrative and Presiding Cuyahoga County Judge John J. Russo.

Russo urged residents who have concerns to call the Cuyahoga County Probation Department directly.

Russo explained the counties 250 probation officers go through a rigorous system of checks and balances to insure drug tests, and follow-up meetings are taking place.

"Everybody has a supervisor overlooking, and that's their only job is to supervise," said Russo. "We want to make sure that the meetings are taking place."

Russo said all probation officers are trained through a Behavioral Response Program, so they can better recognize if a rehab program is working, or if it needs to be altered.

Russo says the county issued more than 92,000 drug tests in 2016. That number could grow due to the on-going heroin epidemic.

Meanwhile, Manley said she will once again contact the county probation department in an effort to de-escalate tensions at her rental home.