Re B"Legal war ahead over inmate cuts" (Page A1, Jan. 9): I am stunned that Gov. Jerry Brown claims he can interpret what is cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution better than the U.S. Supreme Court.
Overcrowding is very dangerous and, contrary to Brown's claims, it is far from over in California. The real solutions to overcrowding are sentencing reform and compassionate release in the short term, and the construction of mental health clinics, transitional housing, and other forms of community services in the long run. California tried but failed to build our way of the problem for 20 years. Brown's attempt to simply deny its existence is no solution.
-- Raphael Sperry, San Francisco