Our congressmen need not be concerned about closing our unused military bases. Now is the opportune time to take advantage of President Reagan's war on drugs, etc. Convert the bases to civilian conservation camps where our overcrowded jails can be mitigated by sending the "gangs and drug dispensers" for military discipline, direction, basic education and vocational training.
Franklin D. Roosevelt used this method successfully back in the '30s. Sacramento has a "voluntary" CCC that has been operating with outstanding results for several years.
It's a reasonable, practical, objective and proven method that will build the character of our misdirected youth.
Turn the job over to the U.S. Marines!
SAMUEL S. SHERWIN