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Letter: Gov. Brown puts public safety in jeopardy

Posted: April 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 11, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Passing the buck to local government, Gov. Jerry Brown is reversing the door hinges on the prisons by funneling so-called “low-risk” state prisoners to county jails — already overcrowded and under scrutiny by a federal judge and the American Civil Liberties Forum. 

In addition to increased exposure to risk and liability, this action puts the burden of the state’s fiscal failures on county taxpayers already over-burdened by unfunded state mandates; forced to provide nearly $8 million in services for state prisoners released in Los Angeles County last year under the non-revocable parole program; and owed more than a half-billion dollars. 

It will inevitably lead to an early release of convicts onto our streets — and with a recidivism rate near 70 percent, even higher costs to rearrest, retry and re-incarcerate.  

By failing to control excessive spending, implement structural reforms, a two-year budget, spending caps, pension and civil-service reform, along with eliminating and consolidating the plethora of agencies, departments and more than 339 boards and commissions, the governor continues our state’s multi-billion-dollar deficit and places public safety in jeopardy.

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