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Release Older Inmates To Save Money?

This is a really good idea to begin taking a bite out of the court order release. I wrote a paper about CA's inmate costs a few years back and the average cost pre inmate turned out to be between $35,000 - $45,000 per year. The cost for any inmate over 55 years of age spirals upward and places a huge financial and logistical burden on the prison system itself.

I know we are all weary of 'handouts' but it seems to me that the money would be better spent supporting those in poverty with free job training and education. I think we need to ask ourselves what the original intent of prisons was; keeping dangerous people away from the general public. Non-violent criminals should pay fines, do community service, and have privileges revoked not thrown away into an extremely desperate and violent situation.

Sadly, though, I don't believe that the prison guard union is going to allow any large releases anytime soon...

December 11, 2009 at 5:26 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

No Federal Stimulus for San Diego Police

First, as a first-time poster, I want to commend NPR for their coverage of local, state, and national news. I truly appreciate your efforts.

Second, I find it odd that Mayor Sanders (who I believe has done a good job on many issues) is complaining that we didn't receive the federal funding when the city's crime statistics indicate our police department is doing just fine with current funding.

The Mayor, and many others, needs to realize that, just because the government is allocating stimulus money, it does not mean that the money is best spent in San Diego. There are many places which desperately need the cash we are so childishly screaming for.

If this is truly about the police department's funding levels, maybe the Mayor should take a close look at the department's operations. Specifically, I live in Normal Heights, north of Adams ave and it is difficult to miss the near-nightly presence of the "Ghetto Bird." The police helicopter is the most expensive, least effective piece of department equipment yet seems to be a near permanent fixture in my neighborhood.

Perhaps NPR would be so kind as to take a look at the flight logs of the bird and ask just what the scramble-threshold is. In my perfect world, the helicopter would only be used during car chases and situations of fleeing, critically violent suspects where the safety of the neighborhood is in real jeopardy.

July 29, 2009 at 6:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )