Solutions for California’s overcrowded prisons?

Congrats to CURB Intern, Claire for placing her first LTE in the Los Angeles Daily News !

Dear Editor,

Re “Early inmate releases a hazard for Gov. Brown” (Thomas Elias, June 30):

Let’s stick to the facts, Thomas Elias. Reducing your reporting to fear-mongering is bad form. As you said, “fear of long prison terms has never been proven to reduce overall crime,” and despite your anecdotal speculation implying otherwise, the facts outweigh your fictions.

If you want to criticize Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment, look at his failure to meaningfully invest in alternatives to incarceration, something that is proven to reduce crime and which the vast majority of people support.

In the state budget, $800 million is going towards jail construction and expanding prisons, a stark contrast to the $10.5 million going towards community-based organizations to support re-entry.

Brown needs a solution to prison overcrowding, but it needs to be something other than investing in a failing system instead of proven solutions.

— Claire Hirschberg, Los Angeles

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