Re "Inmate realignment can succeed, but it make take more time" (Viewpoints, March 30): Realignment accomplished what the state officials who spawned it intended: a population reduction in the state prison system that was required by a federal court order, which has saved the state money.
Certain nonviolent felons no longer are eligible to stay in or go to state prison. Realignment was not intended to improve conditions for prisoners and employees in prisons. It was not intended to reduce the statewide prison and jail population and it was not intended to improve services for prisoners which might increase the likelihood that they would live in harmony with the rest of us.
If our state is to achieve these important goals, it will have to implement policy intended to achieve them. Those of us who share these goals should not be deceived that realignment is such a policy.
-- Donna Brorby, San Francisco