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'Prison or Mirage'

January 16, 1987

Your editorial states that "Everyone agrees that a prison belongs in Los Angeles County, which furnishes 38% of the state's male inmates but has no state facility within its border."

Why does the number of prisoners that a county "furnishes" have anything to do with placing a prison in that county? Extend this kind of logic slightly and someone will decide that not only should there be a prison in Los Angeles County, but 38% of the state's male prisoners should be imprisoned in Los Angeles County.

You end your editorial by saying that some common sense all around will be enough to resolve the problems, and I agree with that. Problem is, based on what's gone on before, Sacramento is not exactly awash with common sense where the prison issues are concerned.

JOHN A. RICE SR.

Huntington Park

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