Gov. Jerry Brown is on the verge of pouring at least half a billion dollars into our broken criminal justice system to expand jail capacity instead of embracing alternatives that have been proven to reduce prison overcrowding, improve community safety and save taxpayer dollars.
But Californians know better. We know that spending hundreds of millions of dollars to continue warehousing people behind bars won’t move us any closer to improving the state’s incarceration crisis. California must invest in alternatives like rehabilitation, job training and education proven to help people successfully re-enter society and reduce crime.