In L.A County, plans to build two new jails are being held up by demonstrators who say that more prisons are not what we need. The protests are being led by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors who says that instead of spending money locking people up, the money should be spent on community projects.
And she may be right that money is not being spent where it should be. Californian politicians love their vanity projects and don't mind sticking it to the taxpayer to fund them. And the rhetoric about not having enough money for schools is valid. But she offers no solution to dealing with criminals!
Sure, we could de-criminalize a whole lot of things, but this is not an answer. Stopping overcrowding in prisons by making cries legal is not a sensible answer.
We know for a fact that the instances of people being sent to jail for minor drug offenses such as possession are dropping rapidly in California (especially when compared with the actual usage), so which criminals do they want to let out?
How do the people of California feel about criminals being let out onto the streets? Do they feel safer? Because the fact is, they won't be.
I agree that prisons are a horrible place. But if you don't want to go there, don't do crimes and don't hang out with criminals, it's as simple as that!
It may not be good for the incarcerated, but it is better for those who will no longer be victims.