Re "Why is our state trying to add jails?" (Viewpoints, May 11): At first glance, adding more jails in California really doesn't seem to be such a bad idea. However, after reading the article, I realized it plays to the advantage of criminals and a disadvantage to us, the taxpayers.
Sure, there should be some improvements in the jails, but $500 million worth of expansions? Is that really the smartest way to use the money?
That sum of money can be used to our advantage. As stated in the article, the majority of prisoners are poor. We can go into the schools and educate those who need it most to keep the jails from needing to be expanded.
We don't want to be known as a state of many prisoners. We shouldn't overlook the crimes but rather stop it.
-- Victoria Baleva, Sacramento