Re "Finally, aid for severely mentally ill?" (Dan Morain, Feb. 10): This column can be summed up in six words: mental health, jails, prisons, revolving door. Law enforcement, sheriffs and wardens should not be forced to try to solve mental health problems. It's a health problem and that is not law enforcement's role. Until we make a concerted effort to address the underlying health causes and effects of crime, we will continue wasting taxpayer dollars by arresting, incarcerating and rearresting people who need mental health or addiction treatment to truly change their behavior. Other states that focus on mental health care have reduced the number of people they incarcerate -- and the cost to taxpayers. We should do the same.
-- Lenore Anderson, Oakland