Re "More prison beds won't make it safer for Californians" (Viewpoints, Sept. 3): The solution to resolving the prison overcrowding crisis is quite simple: Release the low-risk, small-time prisoners. Many of them were busted on pot charges. Especially with the feds specifically stating that they are not going after marijuana users and licensed pot dispensaries, it is time to let go of the illusion that incarcerating these people does any good whatsoever.
There are tens of thousands of people locked up across the state who could be released tomorrow. This would save millions that could be reinvested in drug education and rehabilitation. The war on drugs has proven to be a spectacular failure. It's time to start a new war for prison reform.
-- Michael Crosson, El Dorado Hills