Battling crime starts in schools
We've known this for years - the best way to combat crime and increase public safety is to put a greater focus on education. The money spent on our prison system and court system would be of better use if it were funneled into the classroom. 60% of inmates currently in prison in California are functionally illiterate, which speaks to the issue of rehabilitation while in prison. If we fail at educating our young citizens before they enter the criminal justice system then we better be prepared to educate them or at least teach them a skill while incarcerated so they have something to do when they are released besides committing crime. It's finally time to fix this systemic problem at the source and not stick with the status quo.