Drug thief accepted into CBCF

Judge: "It's good to see you have a good attitude."
Cary Ashby
May 2, 2013


A drug thief is eager to spend four to six months in a locked-down, substance abuse treatment facility.

Minniebelle A. Yates, 31, of 79 N. Railroad St., New London, has been accepted into a community-based corrections facility (CBCF), a form of prison which focuses on substance abuse treatment and education.

"It's good to see you have a good attitude," Huron County Common Pleas Judge Jim Conway told her at Monday's hearing.

Yates admitted to violating her probation by testing positive March 19 for opiates, THC and oxycodone.

Her probation officer told the judge that Yates had two positive drug screens one week; those drugs included marijuana, opiates and oxycodone. During the March 12 incident, Yates said she had a prescription, but she couldn't produce paperwork at the time and on March 19, Yates said she took a Percocet "from her source," the officer said.

Following the state's recommendation, Conway ruled Yates would continue to be on three years of intense probation and spend four to six months in a CBCF. The judge told her thought the CBCF would be "a good opportunity" for her and hoped her positive attitude would continue. When sentencing Yates in early March, Conway had stressed to her she faced "some form of in-house incarceration" if she tested positive for drugs.

Yates, in mid-January, pleaded guilty to theft of drugs for a June 19 incident. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a separate charge of safecracking.

As a Huron County sheriff's deputy escorted Yates out of the courtroom Monday, Huron County Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff wished her luck.



Good job Judge, the treatment program seems to be the only thing that works in rehabilitating the drug user. Jail and prison do not work, as soon as they get out they get a fix and are right back in the hole. I know of two people who have successfully completed the program and are now two and three years drug free. Hopefully this woman will have the same success.

Mr. Touchdown

Good job judge???...Throw out safe cracking charges & give her CBCF for violating probation for drug/theft charges by failing 2 drug tests...I believe a lengthy jail sentence would do this woman some good.I know of far more than 2 people who have been to CBCF & continued to use drugs & commit crimes.
"Drug thief is eager to spend 4 to 6 months in CBCF."...They are all eager to stay out of jail!The majority of these druggies are gonna be right back on the street doing drugs & crimes again until Conway starts handing out harsher punishments.


You scored with that comment Mr.Touchdown:)

Mr. Touchdown

Thankyou for your support! ;)

free and clean 2 yrs

CBCF changed my life. and it is a lock down facility. It is jail without the bars. it re introduces people to the community that truelly want to do well. if she gets out and re-offends. that is on her. i know up words of 15 people that went to CBCF and stayed clean. have a job pay taxes and take care of their kids because of the opportunity CBCF gave them. dont knock CBCF before the fact. knock the PERSON after they were given the PERFECT chance to get their life together. CBCF is a hard knock place full of wonderful workers that care about returning communities back to what they deserve.. its not CBCFs fault that they cannot "FIX" everyone!


After reading the headline, I didn't need to read the rest of the article to know it was Judge CBCF Conway. CBCF seems to be his answer to EVERY crime.


Does the county get any kind of "kickback" or anything of that nature from the state to put the people here? Seems way too many get sent and sooner or later the place would be out of space....unless someone gets their palm greased to "make room". Just curious.