Your May 24 editorial refers to the need to find "creative ways to reduce the size of our costly prison system." Personally, I agree, and would suggest the following: Send all illegal immigrants who are currently incarcerated in California state prisons to the prisons of their countries of origin.

The state of California would pay that country twice the cost of imprisonment there and send monitors to determine that the sentences are carried out.

This would certainly decrease the California prison population and I have little doubt would decrease its cost.

If California legislators voted to withhold the required funding, I would further suggest that when counties are given state prisoners, that those counties immediately release those prisoners to the counties of those legislators that oppose such funding.

That action, and its reasons, should then be widely published to the electorates in those counties.

Daniel Mauthe is a resident of Livermore.



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