Ever since lawmakers approved Gov. Jerry Brown's plan for public safety "realignment," local officials have engaged in a spirited debate about how much money should go to incarceration vs. rehabilitation.
In a letter to Sacramento County chief probation officer Don Meyer last week, Sacramento Assemblyman Roger Dickinson asked the county's Community Corrections Partnership to revisit its decision to give the bulk of the state Public Safety Realignment funding to the sheriff.
He is right to do so. The Community Corrections Partnership – which includes the sheriff, public defender, district attorney, Sacramento city police chief, the county's chief probation officer and a representative from the county's Health and Human Services Department – voted narrowly to use most of the state realignment money to expand jail capacity…
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