City Paper's story about Ron Wright and his fight with the state Parole and Probation office had an immediate impact: Ron Seidl, one of Wright's students on probation in a drunk-driving case who spoke candidly to City Paper, got a call from his agent demanding he come in the next morning—this morning—for an unscheduled visit.
"I was there an extended amount of time," Seidl tells City Paper. "I feel like I'm really harassed."
Seidl was urine and breath-tested, he says, for the first time in his 10 months of probation. His agent, Ms. Thompson, also brought him to "the kiosk," which Seidl describes as a big machine that is supposed to read fingerprints. The machine did not work—just as it didn't last time. But instead of being told not to worry about it (like last time), Seidl was this time ordered to return on Monday, and miss another day at work, to try again.
Seidl doesn’t blame his probation agent.
"You could tell she was directed by a higher up," he says. "She didn't look pleased."
An email to parole public information officials has not yet been answered. We'll update if and when they respond.