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San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore talks about governor’s prison plan

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Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 6:11 am | Updated: 9:05 am, Thu May 26, 2011.

The state of California needs to address its overcrowded prisons. The U.S. Supreme Court recently decided the state must release more than 30,000 inmates within two years.

To help meet this demand, California Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed a plan to thin the state’s prison population through realignment, compassionate release and alternatives to traditional methods of incarceration.

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  • Gerald Krein posted at 4:01 pm on Thu, May 26, 2011.

    Gerald Krein Posts: 20

    Releasing inmates from prison early will not solve any problem at all. It will only increase crime and innocent people will suffer. Within 2 years, all of the inmates that are released will have re-offended numerous times causing loss of property and physical violence. They will have new cases and will either be in jail, waiting to go to prison, or already back in prison. Thus, the prisons will be overcrowded again. People who are in prison are career criminals. The only ones that are not career criminals are those that have committed a very serious first time crime such as murder. Maybe we should look at releasing all of the illegal aliens that are in prison (approx 30% of the prison population) and secure our borders so they can’t get back in. That might keep the prison population down for a while.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:04 am on Thu, May 26, 2011.

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    Thank you, Sheriff Steve Moore for clarifying the misunderstanding that Governor Brown is just going to release these inmates from prison onto the streets. It's comforting to know that short timers will serve their prison sentences in county jails rather than in the crowded prison system. I only hope that the counties that are being placed with this inmate burden will be compensated justly in these hard economic times. It also seems a waste of valuable resources to see the facility in Stockton not being used as an integral part of this plan. The drug and alcohol counseling program would be an ideal fit for the old re-entry facility in Stockton, addiction to alcohol and drugs playing a major part of many parolees downfall and subsequent return to prison to continue a life of crime to merely support their habits.



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