The Campaign for New Drug Policies and the Drug Policy Alliance Network, backed by billionaire George Soros, have a new pro-Prop 5 ad that says, "Our prisons are overcrowded, and our prison guards are overjoyed."
Why? Because, the ad says, overcrowded prisons equals overtime for prison guards.
Clearly, the pro-5 folks think that there's a rich vein of public disdain for correctional officers to be mined.
The ballot measure would boost state spending on drug rehab programs by hundreds of millions of dollars each year. Many offenders in prison on drug and property crimes would be taken out of jail and put into treatment.
Proponents say passing Prop 5 would stem prison costs. Opponents say that it would put more convicts on the street and give them more chances to commit crimes than if they were behind bars.