Carolyn Phinney 
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Re: “Sen. Nancy Skinner Asks Contra Costa Supervisors to Cancel $95 Million Jail Expansion

We need more money for early childhood education and later for rehabilitation and diversion into programs like Kamala Harris's Clean Slate Program which saved San Francisco about $250,000 per first time offender. This program made them plead guilty first and then gave them a 5-year intervention with H.S. diploma mandatory, job training, a job, affordable housing, Psych services, parenting classes and so on and if they stayed clean for 5 years and didn't reoffend -- aged out of crime -- then their slate was wiped clean. We need more creative programs to grab these first time, young, non-violent offenders and help them get an American dream life, with housing and families and jobs and at least with job training. That's the Compassionate Solution and it saves money.

Posted by Carolyn Phinney on 04/19/2017 at 8:02 PM

Re: “City Emails: Many Dublin Residents Think Undocumented Immigrants Are 'Felons' Who Will Turn Their Town Into a 'Cesspool'

Dublin City Council could have chosen another word like SAFE HAVEN to "make undocumented members of the community feel comfortable contacting the police, sending their kids to school, or seeking care at a hospital"

Dublin, do you really want the children of your housekeeper and lawn man and guy doing your remodel to live in fear that Dublin is trying to deport their parents and they will be gone when the kids come home from school? Do you really want the police rounding up the Berkeley PhD graduate student whose parents brought her here at 6 months of age to be deported? There is great hypocrisy surrounding this issue.

Many of these immigrants having been living here for decades. They didn't just run across the border. We let them do our menial labor for wages no one else would accept, but we want them also to live in fear? USA is their home. We need reasonable paths to citizenship for our neighbors and friends in the immigrant community, not deportation from the only lives they know.

Posted by Carolyn Phinney on 04/19/2017 at 6:33 PM

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