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As Many As 800 State Prisoners May Be Heading To San Diego County

Evening Edition

Aired 7/17/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego County District Attorney

William Gore, San Diego County Sheriff

Mack Jenkins, Chief Probation Officer, San Diego County Probation


Prison realignment hasn't triggered much public concern so far but the latest development could get more attention if it ends up affecting public safety.

San Diego County supervisors are protesting a federal court decision that would result in sending up to 800 more prisoners from overcrowded state prisons to San Diego County by the end of this year. We've heard a lot about prison realignment, the state's program to ease prison overcrowding, and we know San Diego has been taking all sorts of steps to absorb the extra responsibility. But could this influx of prisoners be the last in a series of events that prompts the public to weigh in?

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | July 17, 2013 at 2:45 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Not that I would expect they would, but the county officials will never about this is not a logistical problem but rather a societal one.

The public's expectations are unrealistic and unsustainable.

The prison industrial complex in this state and country is unrealistic and unsustainable.


Every man woman and child in this country needs to understand that the world'd prison state is not Russia. Not China. Not Iran. Not North Korea.

It is, in fact, the United States of America.

We imprison more people per capita than any other nation on the planet.

The public expects laws to be made to fix everything, and money for prisons is given precedence over education welfare and infrastructure spending.

We have prison unions and police unions with more power than most lobbies in this country. Any politician who runs on trying to LESSEN the prison state will be vigorously smeared and outspent by these lobbies.

Americans are trained to think prisons are a magic pill for all social ills in our country,

Public officials like DAs and legislatures use hysteria, emotion, and vote-getting as the basis for laws instead of reason, fairness, and logic,

One in every 32 Anericans will find themselves in the penal system at some point in their lifetimes (in prison or on parole or probation).

This is a multi-headed hydra.

Bonnie D. wants them all locked-up. Governor Jerry B. wants them all locked up. But neither wants to deal with them - so they will just pass them around from state to county and bitch about it on talk shows like BD did this morning without advocating for any real change.

And its not just over-bloated; our criminal justice system is racist, and poor-phobic, too.

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Reilleyfam | July 17, 2013 at 4:05 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Duck:

The problem with your comparison with other nations is that they imprison people for political purposes not criminal. We imprison actual criminals who rape, rob, murder & sell hard drugs to kids. We have a very good reason to incarcerate these folks and the numbers reflect the moral condition of our society not that the govt is incarcerating too many pepole. In fact, if we could afford it, we need to incarcerate even more than we do - if you base it on behavior.

We need to do more prevention & rehabilitation, but unless & until the person changes they get locked up to protect you, me & everyone else.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 17, 2013 at 7:27 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Reillyfam, your attitude is exactly the problem.

Lock up more and more of our own society, continue to inflate the prison-industrial complex.

You're telling me Canada, England, Japan, and Australia only imprison "political prisoners" and not "real criminals"?

The numbers contradict what you say about this being for "our safety"- our crime rates are not better than nations who lock up less people.

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Mmikey | July 18, 2013 at 11:19 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Somehow, I get the feeling this is all a scare tactic to get a tax increase .

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