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Vote for Prop. 66

I read with interest your story on Proposition 66, which would release numerous prisoners. Good!

First, it makes no sense to give life sentences based on the number of crimes committed. Some crimes deserve more punishment than others.

Second, with our state in dire financial circumstances, and schools suffering (I also read your article about how poorly our schools rate), the cost to maintain our prisons is outrageous.

I recently visited a prisoner in Denmark. The contrast between their system and ours was disturbing. Prisoners in Denmark get “home visits,” wear their own clothing, and cook their own food. They rarely return to prison upon release. Here, the California Department of Corrections has a strong lobby whose sole purpose is to see to it that they get paid. We, the taxpayers, are writing the checks for prisons which are outdated, overcrowded, and inhumane.

I hope the taxpayers wake up and vote for Proposition 66.

Jayne Kelley

Grass Valley

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