I am disappointed that Gov. Jerry Brown is continuing the long legacy of governors before him by resisting the federal court's efforts to ensure that our state prisons meet constitutional standards.
The answer to prison reform is easy, although implementation may not be: actually implement rehabilitative programming.
Empirical studies show that spending money on meaningful programming will save money in the long run. For substance abuse programs, the ratio is 1:7, save $7 for every $1 spent. About 90 percent of inmates will be released eventually. It doesn't matter what that release date is if they have no skills to function in our society. The revolving door will continue.
The current system is a huge waste of money. We need the political will to upend the current system and change the paradigm.
-- Gwynnae Byrd, Sacramento