Re "Brown still traversing a mine field" (Dan Walters, Jan. 9): It is true that Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to end the inmate release order foisted on our state in 2011.
But the suggestion that Brown was a crime fighter during his first term is incorrect. One of his first acts as governor in 1975 was to sign the "prison inmates bill of rights." Seven years later, he opposed the "victims bill of rights."
In the face of huge statewide crime increases, he signed watered-down sentencing bills. In 1986, voters took the unprecedented step of removing three of his Supreme Court appointments. Anyone who can distinguish what he says from what he does understands that for Brown, public safety is not a priority.
-- Michael Rushford, Carmichael