Prison Reform Not Coming Along in California
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  • Pete

    Deport illegal aliens and the prison population in the Golden state will drop precipitously.

    • Andrew Allison

      Nope, the problem is that California’s prisons are overpopulated with people found guilty of non-violent crimes like being in possession of marijuana. Might be time to re-evaluate whether victimless crimes deserve jail time.

      • Corlyss

        Way past time, frankly.

        • Pete

          1. Illegal aliens are indeed a significant proportion of California’s prison population. http://www.bakersfieldnow.com/news/investigations/122630554.html

          2. You excuse ‘non-violent ‘ crimes too glibly. If someone swindles you out of a million dollars, you want him/her to skate? Sounds that way. If you want the hop heads released, say so without confounding them with the generally ‘non-violent.’

          • Corlyss

            You read me correctly. I don’t care that much about white collar crime. Swindlers deserve prison time, but not to the degree that the violent do and certainly not in maximum security like so many of the violent housed in. Swindlers only take your money. They don’t cripple, maim, or kill you in one-on-one nightmare scenarios.

          • Tom

            It might be a better idea to force swindlers to pay restitution for their crimes instead of sending to jail. Ditto with other non-violent thieves.

          • Pete

            And if the swindlers squandered the money on the high-life (drugs, gambling, etc), then what do you suggest, that they get a spanking?

          • Tom

            Then they work it off. Not that hard.

          • Pete

            Eres un payaso

          • Tom

            That you’ve descended to the level of personal insult without a shred of other rebuttal tells me everything I need to know. Good day.

          • ChuckFinley

            Auction their organs off for transplants.

  • Andrew Allison

    “Two years later, it appears that things have not improved enough to the
    liking of three federal judges, who yesterday released an order
    mandating that the state reduce its prison population by 137% by the end
    of the year.” Hello? Did you mean 37%?

    • Corlyss

      Yeah, I caught that too. I get the 100%, but I would like to see where that 37% would have come from.

      • ChuckFinley

        Does that mean that after releasing all the prisoners in California, they will then have to go around releasing prisoners in other states? Do Nevada, Arizona and Oregon get a say in this?

    • mgoodfel

      No, the order was to reduce the population to 137% of capacity, instead of the 150% where they are now.

  • ljgude

    Cruel and unusual my left hoof. It’s just overcrowding, not abu ghraib or Devil’s Island. What I see is America tying itself up and then trying to punch itself in the nose. Oh what the heck, send the governor of California to the calaboose for contempt. Then bring on the dancing girls.

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