Thursday, December 3, 2009

Why I Hate the Fresno County, CA Grand Jury Today

They want to use more private prisons. I know, I know; California's system is wicked overcrowded and something needs to be done, and fast. But turning to private prisons is not the answer, in the short term or long term. If you ever want to get serious about not having a system at 180% capacity, you need to start removing people from prison with things like sentencing reform, expansion of parole/probation, and alternative sentences. Don't just keep shifting folks around to new facilities; that doesn't help dig you out of the hole at all. And you're in a pretty deep one, CA.

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