My compliments to the Orange County Probation Department officials who will look for alternatives to keeping lesser offenders in the overcrowded Orange County Jail.
Reading the article (March 20) and all the recent publicity about the federal order to provide sleeping accommodations for each inmate in the jail, it appears that Orange County has been told to get its act together or start paying in dollars for disobeying the court order.
Sheriff Gates and the Board of Supervisors insist they have been busy, but their solution won't be ready until 1987. With about 100 more felons per week assigned to California correctional institutions, 1987 doesn't make much sense.
The work-furlough arrangement with STS Graphics surely can be extended to other companies. An alternative of sentencing a lesser offender to employment rather than to an institution is a far superior solution.