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Old 07-31-2007, 10:06 AM
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Default 'Serious prison reform'

http://www.fresnobee.com/277/story/99826.html

A letter to the editor:

07/31/07 03:50:49



Judges say building more prisons is not the answer. The system has to be fixed so that it works.

The governor and legislators freak out when judges threaten to order early release of prisoners. They say the public safety will be at risk.
Well, duh! Fewer than 5% of inmates are lifers; 95% of all prisoners will be released back into society regardless of what the judges order.
But the politicians holler that the judges will be endangering public safety. How dumb do they think we are?

Should we think some magic spell is cast over the inmate who has completed his sentence so society is not endangered? The administrators must, because they do nothing with them inside to help them stay out once released.

It is the administrators who are endangering society. Will they intentionally release murders and rapists instead of bad-check writers, petty thieves and deadbeat dads? It sounds like a threat to me.
The loudest proponent, the guards' union, cares only about keeping its membership rolls so bloated that it is bankrupting California's criminal justice system.

We need no "surge" in the inmate population. We need serious prison reform.

Will Tranquilli Fresno
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