Re: "Inmate realignment can succeed, but it may take more time" (Viewpoints, March 30): The recent column by Stanford law professors Joan Petersilia and Robert Weisberg is on target except for the most important missing ingredient: livable wage job training.
We cant suddenly release thousands of inmates to our beleaguered counties and expect them to be good and support themselves and their families unless they have this training.
Californias counties cannot be expected to both train and supervise these folks, but without job training county jail populations will rise as is now being widely reported.
Gov. Jerry Brown proposes to transfer adult education (the source of most training) from K-12 school districts to the California Community Colleges system, an impractical idea and poor public policy. Ex-offenders should be given the tools they need to get and hold a job. Transferring adult education will only make it more remote and unreachable few community colleges want ex-offenders on their campuses.
When our state realizes that we cant simply kick unprepared folks out of prison and back into the hood without paying the price of a rise in local crime, realignment might succeed, but in reality, were already out of time. Remember what Professor Petersillia said early in her career, what every parolee want most is a job.
Larry Bowler and Robert Presley