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Old 09-04-2009, 01:19 AM
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Default Don't raise taxes, but do reform prisons

Ward Connerly: Don't raise taxes, but do reform prisons
Sac Bee, 09/04/09Ward Connerly is president of the American Civil Rights Coalition and a former regent of the University of California.

The need for prison reform suffers from the fact that the public is very uninformed about the criminal justice system. It is much too easy to view all "criminals" as murderers and rapists who should be locked up and to believe that we should throw away the keys. We forget that the purposes of prisons are not only punishment and deterrence, but also rehabilitation. There is no "open house" to enable the public to inspect prison facilities. If there were, we would see 70-year-old grandmothers with walkers and young mothers serving time for some drug offense, but who represent no threat to public safety.

Now don't be shocked ya'll, but Ward is a Republican! Morris, ought we set him straight? lol

Great commentary, other than the figures are a bit off... but what's 10 or 20 thousand, between friends?

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