Combating the problem in society at large is hard. Attacking the problem in the NFL is easier. Already, public pressure has forced the league to act. Is it enough for you? If not, and you’re a football fan, you have power.
Since we launched our coverage last year of the high death rate in San Diego County jails, we’ve won some awards, and when we bring it up in conversation, we hear some nice plaudits. But no one who can do anything about the problem—the sheriff, whose department oversees the jails, and the county Board of Supervisors—seems to give a damn.
CityBeat has long advocated for less incarceration and more use of alternative sentencing in California, and we supported the basic concepts behind realignment, which is the wonky term for diverting to county jails some lower-level offenders and parole violators who’d otherwise be sent to state prisons.