In response to the article written by Chief Probation Officer Jerry Powers ("Prevent crime, prevent prison crowding," March 31, Page B-5): He may need to be reminded that all peace officers are on the same team -- probation, parole, corrections (institutions division), police and sheriff. He indicates that more money would solve the problem. Remember, most parolees are failed probationers, and it's not because of the money.
Schools are working overtime feeding, clothing, tutoring and intervening on behalf of our youth. There are rec programs, police leagues, gang prevention programs, sports, music, DARE, Explorers, etc. It's all there for the taking.
Success is a choice, as is failure. The Probation Department wants to take credit for phasing out some of our Youth Authority facilities. OK, then why is our jail scrambling to make room for more offenders, many of whom are juveniles? Maybe, just maybe, the criminals are responsible. Maybe Powers could credit all facets of our criminal justice system for doing its best in this uphill battle instead of discrediting the other departments to justify the failure of his clientele to stay out of trouble. When you point one finger, there are three pointing back at you.