Women's prisons are becoming increasingly dangerous due to many factors, but overcrowding is a big one. I experienced more violence and turmoil when crammed in these small cells with eight than I did for the short lived period of time we had only four (seven months).
Ignore what officials may say
So many stories in print just call for a comment. Here are a few thoughts.
Remember the assurances from "officials" that the Chowchilla prisons would only house women? Obamacare would save billions and our rates would actually be lower or not affected at all while adding millions of new patients to the system? Democrats are big on the environment until the EIRs get in the way of their pet projects such as high-speed rail, and then we need "reform" to remove "barriers" to progress. Politicians are in favor of "transparency" and "accountability," but do you ever read about any officials being penalized for mistakes, wasteful or even corrupt actions or decisions?
Columnist Dan Walters commented on the games the Sacramento legislators play to pad their salaries. How procedures and laws are circumvented to pass bills never read or are secret or tied to "trailer" or "spot bills." Then we are supposed to support "fairness" and "choice" but only when it favors liberal agendas such as gun control, abortion, anti-Christian and/or free speech issues. Yes, the public is disgusted and cynical. No one is responsible for anything and that is because our society has abandoned the Ten Commandments, the existence of absolute truths and moral standards. We are on a very slippery slope!
ALLAN R. SCHELL
Will our sheriff speak out?
Can we expect to see a response from Sheriff Mark Pazin concerning his position over the wave of new gun-control laws sweeping the nation?
This is the perfect opportunity for him to stand up to this well-intentioned but extremely misguided effort to combat crime.
The true offenders are escaping justice and being robbed of mental help; the equipment being blamed is illegally acquired or operated in an illegal manner hence drafting more legislation is destined to only be ignored by those already dodging the law. Guns don't shoot people; cars don't run people down; spoons don't make people corpulent. Where does the personal accountability come back into the picture?