Re "Numbers game afoot on prisons" (Dan Walters, Jan. 27): The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation could end speculation that realignment possibly causes an increase in crime by releasing historical parole data. However, the department is careful about releasing any parole data, and with good reason.
The technical violation rate is more than 35 percent, compared to 20 percent for the rest of the country. The high violation rate is the result of a decision to transfer violation hearings from county jails to prison. The artificially high violation rate adds about $250 million to annual prison operating costs. The department obviously should have fixed the violation system years ago.
-- Rich McKone, Lincoln