Monday, October 19, 2009
California is sending several hundred inmates a month from the population of 172,000 in its severely overcrowded state prisons to private facilities in the States of Tennessee, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Indiana due to a declaration of emergency by the governor. One would have hoped that Arnold might use those wonderful skills he showed us in the Terminator movies to at least decrease the number of violent offenders, but alas, art imitates nature, not the other way round.
If California were a nation instead of one of the United States of America, its GNP would place it in the top ten of the world economies. Even so, our public schools are failing us, the levees are crumbling, and too many of our children go without health care. When my State can number among its exports convicted felons and poisoned spinach, what does that say about our priorities and prospects?
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