And now, an NBC Bay Area editorial-
I'm Suzanne Shaw (NBC Bay Area Editorial Director)
Surely, we need prisons to protect us from violent criminals. But non-violent inmates make up almost half the population. Attorney General Kamala Harris says for low level offenders, there are far more effective ways than prison to prevent crime. In San Francisco, she pioneered re-entry programs that give non-violent offenders the skills to get jobs.
NBC Bay Area believes successful re-entry programs for non-violent offenders should be rolled out statewide. Early intervention may be the best crime prevention.