The reality of repeat offenders
Re: Three strikes, you’re out; Dismantling education in favor of prisons? Editorial, feature, 8/16
On average, California students spend about 180 days in school. If the students are in class eight hours a day (usually it’s more like six hours), that’s 1440 hours per school year. If California is spending about $8,667 per student that’s about $6.01 an hour per student.
Inmates spend 8,760 hours a year in prison at $47,102 each a year. That’s about $5.38 an hour per inmate.
Now, let’s remember some of the crimes that constitute violent and serious crime (according to the Penal Code, all violent crimes are classified serious, but not all serious crimes are considered violent.) Violent: murder, attempted murder, voluntary manslaughter, rape, attempted rape, kidnapping, lewd and lascivious with child under 14, continuous sex abuse of child under 14, robbery, burglary 1st (when victim is in house), carjacking, threaten crime with intent to terrorize. Serious but not “violent” crimes: assault with deadly weapon (only if an actual weapon is used), attempted robbery, attempted carjacking. Some crimes that are neither serious nor violent (according to the Penal Code): corporal injury to spouse, battery on spouse, battery, attempted assault with deadly weapon, burglary 1st (no victim present in house), identity theft, elder abuse.
So if you think a person who has committed two prior violent and/or serious offenses, continues to commit crime and is convicted again of one of the crimes that is neither violent nor serious should not spend the next 25 years to life in prison (assuming, of course, he/she has not committed any other crime for which he/she was not caught), my questions are how much does it cost to pay for the police officers who continuously arrest the person? How much does it cost to hire the county jailer, the clerk of the court, bailiff, court reporter, jury pool, judge, or the substance abuse program two or three times over? How much does it cost the victim?
To the editor:
The facts about the Oxnard brand project
Thank you for your editorial “Moving on to a better future for Oxnard,” 8/9. In reference to the Oxnard brand project, I would like to clarify a few points that will assist in the understanding of the brand project.
It was actually a seven-year project with many layers, surveys and events that took place to get to the seven-month project that Roger Brooks with Destination Development conducted from January to July 2010. The two announcements you mentioned were only part of 50 recommendations in the final plan. The name change recommendation was only that — a suggestion and not part of the long term international brand. Adding “Shores or Beach” to the name Oxnard would assist in creating a sense of place for Oxnard since it is not known as a coastal city. The international brand will be in development for many years, but the beginnings are there through Oxnard’s diverse culture, festivals and award winning international cuisine. We have a great start to a long-term vision to create something the residents of the county and visitors from out the area will enjoy.
I also hope that the city leaders and residents can work together and put the investigation in the past. Oxnard has a bright future ahead, but only if we focus on the future — and not the past.
Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau
Saving money by realigning prisoners
In the recent editorial (8/16), your newspaper wrote: “There is no justification to spend so much more on prisoners when we could focus on keeping the inmate population down.”
Please note that the state of California has been successfully reducing its prison inmate population since October 2011 thanks to Public Safety Realignment (AB 109). The current population of California’s 33 adult institutions is approximately 120,000 inmates, and that’s down some 24,000 from late September last year.
It costs less to incarcerate someone in county jail than in state prison, though, without realignment, there would almost certainly be 24,000 more inmates in state prison than there are today.