D.A. candidate Schubert has it right on realignment

03/13/2014 2:03 PM

03/13/2014 2:58 PM

Re "DA candidates draw battle lines over realignment" (Page A1, March 12): The Bee's Andy Furillo nailed it again with his article about realignment of prisoners from state prison to local jails and probation. This program has great potential to improve the way we treat incarcerated criminals.

As a deputy district attorney and judge in our county for more than 20 years, I have seen that the revolving-door prison system just does not work. On the other hand, releasing criminals with inadequate supervision and re-entry education and training endangers the citizens of our community.

Like Anne Marie Schubert, we should all be skeptical of the current program. Serious and violent offenders should remain under state parole supervision, but given proper training and education. If that does not work, state parole, unlike county probation, has the ability to quickly return them to prison for adequate time periods of incarceration. Schubert has the right endorsements because she has the right ideas.

-- Darrel Wayne Lewis, retired Sacramento Superior Court Judge, Sacramento

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