I read with interest the Aug. 20 guest perspective "Emptying the jail is not the answer," by San Mateo County's Sheriff Greg Munks and District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. Unfortunately, fear mongering does not adequately address the concerns raised by Bob Cushman's editorial, "Our justice system needs change," in the Aug. 16 edition of the Daily Journal. The purpose of agencies connected to the criminal justice system, including sheriffs' departments and district attorneys' offices, should not be primarily to win long-lasting job security for current or prospective employees. Unfortunately that seems to be the main interest, or should I say, conflict of interest of these public servants. Of course they argue against effective public safety measures. They are in the jail business and they'd like to see it prosper. As a resident and parent in San Mateo County, I'd like to see us invest in a vision of public safety that includes education, employment, housing and healthcare for all residents. I urge my neighbors to vote against the proposed sales tax in the upcoming general election. We don't need a new jail. We need policies that support public safety for all.
Manuel La Fontaine