Pubdate: Sat, 01 Nov 2008
Source: Reporter, The (Vacaville, CA)
Copyright: 2008 The Reporter
Author: Roger Maryatt


Proposition 5 will make long-awaited changes to a system that's been 
ineffective for years and getting worse. Let's stop throwing money at 
a problem and hope it goes away, as in building more prisons. 
Instead, put the money toward a solution that works.

When we actually do something substantial to help people get clean 
and sober, as with Proposition 36 and Drug Court, we get results. 
Two-thirds of people who have successfully completed these programs 
have not reoffended and are living productive lives. Yet despite 
saving taxpayers nearly $1.8 billion during the past six years, both 
Proposition 36 and Drug Court have not been adequately funded.

The California Department of Corrections is being forced to deal with 
prison overcrowding. Proposition 5 is the way to stretch our tax 
dollars to include real opportunities to help stop the cycle of 
people becoming re-offenders. This means people with alcohol and drug 
problems will get help; funding will be available for at-risk youth; 
less crime in our communities, stronger families, better employees 
and safer neighborhoods.

This is a win-win proposal for us all.

By the way, since I've been free of drugs and alcohol for almost 15 
years, the judge has not seen me except for my serving on jury duty. 
Imagine that, not getting loaded and not going to jail.

Roger Maryatt, Fairfield
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