vol. 22, no. 109, Feb. 14-21, 2008

ON THE COVER: The issue of jail overcrowding isn’t just a flash in the panit’s been plaguing Santa Barbara’s justice system for almost three decades. But Sheriff Bill Brown’s got a plan that solves the problem and aims at keeping people out of jail in the first place. Read more about his ideas and the way it will affect you in this week’s cover story, starting here. Cover illustration by Ben Ciccati

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