Honorable Judge Plaster Has a Heart for Justice and our Youth
The Honorable Sandra Plaster, Van Zandt County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, has a heart for justice as well as for our youth. Three minors stepped in front of her awaiting their fate on October 10, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Their charge was Minor in Possession.
Minor in Possession, or an MIP, is a crime where a minor has or is around alcohol. The minors did 8-12 hours of community service and went to an MIP class. In addition, they wrote an essay on what they learned in the MIP Class, and where they want to be in 10 years.
Judge Plaster said in a phone interview, “If I could turn just one child around then I’m doing my job. Life is too short and too precious, to mess their lives up over one bad decision.”
The Judge was most pleased with one particular youth that wrote that He wants to repay his grandparents for all they have done for him. He wants them to be proud because, “God only knows where I’d be if I didn’t have them.”
The 8-12 hours of community service included a community program that started in 2015. The minors were required to collect 20 pounds or more of cans in a 3-month period.
Treasurer of the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial, Dan Maucieri, picks up the cans, which are then sold. The proceeds go to the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial fund. This year, the community service program raised over $929.00.
Judge Plaster has an open-door policy. She believes that is why she hasn’t seen repeat offenders. They can come in and she will give them council with confidentiality.
If you would like to donate your cans or aluminum to the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial, their drop-off location is on the mountain at Old Mill Marketplace in Canton, TX, off of Hwy 64.
Amandi Goldman is a freelance writer with The Northeast Texan.