Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cut Prisons

California prisons are built to hold about 80,000 prisoners and are now holding over 150,000 prisoners. The Supreme Court of the United States has mandated that the state cut their prison population by over 30,000 in the next two years. The governor has said he will release prisoners who have three years or less on their sentences and are non-violent.

A child molester can be a non-violent criminal. A drug kingpin is a non-violent offender. An auto thief and a burglar are non-violent offenders. Are these really people we want returned to the streets? Our parole and probation systems are also badly broken. Criminals on parole often don’t get they type of carful supervision that they should be getting. Our police organizations and unions need to spend a little less time worrying about their pensions and more time lobbying to keep criminals in prison.

California needs to build more medium and minimum level security prisons. We need to privatize some of our prison systems, particularly for the low level, non-violent offenders. We need to get the cost of prisons under control so that we can keep more criminals in prison, rather than allow them to get out and do more crime. We should be looking at the experience of other states on their cost cutting measures. The people of California have supported three strikes laws and other harsh prison sentences. Our governor should not be looking for ways to allow criminals to get out of prison; he should be looking for ways to keep convicted criminals in prison; that’s what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

The answer is more prisons. The affordable answer is using all the Militray bases that Clinton closed as minimum/medium security prisons.

Bunkermeister said...

Not every prisoner needs to be in a supermax prison. Minimum security is better than loose.