The State is sending low level offenders to Shasta County

Redding League of Women Voters Soup Supper 2012 at Lema Ranch

Redding League of Women Voters Soup Supper 2012 at Lema Ranch


Nice use of euphemism

Nice use of euphemism

This plan has been well publicized. Federal judges have ordered the State to reduce prison populations. State budget problems have forced leadership to think outside the cell, er box. The State will begin sending low level offenders back the counties from whence they came, and that includes Shasta County. Last evening, we attended a League of Women Voters event where the topic was addressed in detail by Shasta County Chief Probation Officer, Wes Forman.
Wes Forman explains low level offender.

Wes Forman explains low level offender.


Start your crockpots!

Start your crockpots!

Sounds like all bad news.
Broker Erin Murphy chats with Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko

Broker Erin Murphy chats with Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko


But Wes and Sheriff Tom Bosenko have been involved in careful planning to make the best of the situation. In fact, we are told local authorities may very well be better able to reduce recidivism and provide rehabilitation. Of course, the bad news is that the State isn’t providing all that much money to cover the cost of moving their problems from state prisons to county jails. The move is happening no matter what.

We learned that putting inmates to work on the firelines carries more costs and training than you might might imagine. Although all agreed that was a good program, it may simply not be affordable. Also considered was the prospect of many hundreds of inmates trying to re-integrate into an already depressed economy with scarce jobs or opportunity. Of course, they are coming anyway, one way or another.

Erin and RS Editorial Page Editor Bruce Ross

RS Editorial Page Editor Bruce Ross and Erin at LWV discussion.


Thanks very much to everyone at the LWV of Redding for this informative talk, and to staff at Lema Ranch (and the McConnell Foundation) for hosting.

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One Response to The State is sending low level offenders to Shasta County

  1. Bruce Ross says:

    Thanks for posting a picture of me looking like I’m hating the wine and the company, Skip. Kimberly gets jealous if she thinks I’m out having fun in the evening.

    By the way, this post is seemingly live — but it doesn’t appear on the reallyredding.com home page, whose most recent item is a video posted on the 8th.

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