Kriston Jones didn’t think he deserved a second chance.

He was in jail, appearing in court by video during the height of the pandemic in 2020. He faced a prison sentence for a slew of drug and property crimes and a probation violation, a result of years of his struggles with substance abuse. He had suffered from post traumatic stress disorder since he got out of a five-year stint in the Army, much of which was spent in Iraq. He could see his mother through the video, sitting in the Deschutes County Circuit Court, crying.

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Bryce Dole is a crime and public safety reporter with The Bulletin. He previously worked as a reporter with the East Oregonian. He grew up in Grants Pass and has lived in Oregon all his life.

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Does the Bulletin have permission from those present to publish that photo? Recovery support groups are usually anonymous. This photo could put people’s jobs, relationships, or health care in jeopardy.

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