Making Democracy Work

Corrections System in San Mateo County

We support a corrections system which has as its primary goal rehabilitation, that is, the prevention of recidivism, with emphasis on alternatives to incarceration, and on compliance with state standards for facilities and staffing. Support of programs and public education to involve the community in rehabilitation.

I. Emphasis on alternatives to incarceration.

  • Incarceration should be used primarily to protect the prisoner or the community.

  • Probation should be used where appropriate.

  • Release on own recognizance (ROR) and citations should be continued.

  • Drug and alcohol detoxification centers are recommended.

  • Habitual use of drugs, where no other law has been broken, should be treated as a medical problem by community health resources.

II. Compliance with state standards for facilities, staffing and programs.

  • Prisoners who have drug or alcohol problems should have access to rehabilitation programs.

  • A work furlough program for inmates should be maintained in San Mateo County.

III. Programs and public education to involve the community in rehabilitation. (See also LWVC position on Legal Aid.)

(1971, revised 1988, 2000)