The return of nonviolent felons to Santa Barbara County to alleviate overcrowding in state prisons

May be a blessing in disguise, as it will force a refocusing from incarceration to rehabilitation. 38% 47 votes
Is unnecessary. Pack 'em in, and don't let them out early or they'll never learn. 22% 28 votes
Represents misplaced budget priorities. 38% 47 votes
122 total votes


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Blessing in disguise? Really? They will still be just a number until they commit bigger crimes and show everyone that this plan is not going to work. How does getting a break rehabilitate anyone?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
September 29, 2011 at 9:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There is a lot of trash on our freeways and beaches. Also a lot of trail work and fire clearance that could be done on public lands. Let's get some benefit out of these prisoners.

Gruel and water unless you work.

IronHorse (anonymous profile)
October 11, 2011 at 1:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

On the front cover of the LA Times October 16, 2011 - an article by Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechian detailing the County Los Angeles jail system - supports how Sheriff Baca says "he was out of touch" with County jail's excessive brutality against inmates.

SantaNa (anonymous profile)
October 17, 2011 at 2:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I won't say it is a blessing in disguise. I'd just say it is a blessing. Our policy of incarcerating non-violent drug offenders is DISGUSTING. We spend more on this endeavor than we spend on higher education, but we still have the BALLS to call ourselves "the Land of The Free". That's BS. 75% (in 2002--surely more now) of all state drug prisoners have only been convicted of drug crimes, and 58% have NEVER been convicted of a violent crime. Why are we spending so much money fighting a moral issue? Pathetic, just like prohibition. All you moral crusaders out there can keep banging your bible on your unsustainable path to bankruptcy--both financial and ethical--while the rest of us use our brains and learn to deal with the problem in an effective manner. Damn right it's a blessing.

3domfighter (anonymous profile)
October 17, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Right on, 3domfighter. Interestingly enough, local law enforcement teams are broadcasting scare tactics that these releases will somehow compromise public safety - when in actuality, we can surmise that it's their own personal safety within the Agency they're most worried about.

LA Times article delves into the nature of brutalities that amount to chronic, pathological sucker punches correction officers impose against detainees. If the detainees aren't regarded as "victims" - then perhaps the law enforcement agency has a very, real concern against future potential retaliation from those they systematically abused.

SantaNa (anonymous profile)
October 17, 2011 at 9:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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