Re "Parolees are not the biggest crime threat" (Editorials, Jan. 28): Former Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel did yeoman's work in his contribution to the study of parolee-related crime. Sadly, Sacramento has long been an outlier in terms of parolee recidivism.
As a deputy chief, I worked on this issue as a cop and wanted to do more. As general manager of the Prison Industries Authority, I learned how marketable job skills reduce recidivism. I also learned that California became an outlier when it abandoned its pre-release halfway house program. Surrounding states and the Federal Bureau of Prisons still use them to reintegrate offenders.
Gov. Jerry Brown has made bold and needed changes to corrections. It's time to require counties to operate halfway houses as a condition of state incarceration. Returning to Sacramento without a job or a residence is poor public policy, and a recipe for continued crime. Halfway houses are an effective crime control strategy.
-- Matthew T. Powers, Sacramento