Why Chesa Boudin’s approach to criminal justice works for the long term


Regarding “Boudin must leave” (Letters, December 26): The letter’s statement that “the lack of social protection is not the problem; the problem is that criminal activity increases when criminals are emboldened by lax law enforcement and the lack of prosecution “seems to assume that” criminals “are people who are inherently criminal.

The view of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin is that crime is not inherent in people, but rather that they are driven into criminal activity by addiction, despair and / or anger. born from lack of social assistance. I see no error in Boudin’s thought. I see fallacious views in the opinions of people who have no idea of ​​the hardships faced by those who are less fortunate and who perhaps lead a life they have not really chosen.

Tackling the crime problem from the welfare side is not a silver bullet, but ultimately a much more efficient and humane solution.

Brian Wright, Belmont

Stop allowing addiction

I read with frustration the various articles on drug use and mental illness in Oakland and San Francisco. For years, in both cities, we have adopted a policy of harm reduction and supportive advocacy and have seen increasing numbers of people in need on the streets.

The recent report from The Chronicle showed a woman in objective need who had no desire to change because being an addict on the streets of San Francisco is easy (food provided, syringes provided, emergency medical assistance, no consequences in case theft, acceptance to defecate in the street, etc.).

I am not advocating punishment, nor solving this problem by incarceration, but we surely see that the supportive attitude without judgment and without consequence does not work. Having experience with families with addiction and mental illness, I suggest that we have become a society of facilitators who effectively encourage the situation.

Hoping that one day addicts will simply want to change is a magical thought, especially when we approve and functionally support the addiction. It is not loving or compassionate to endure suffering; we need to move to a model that imposes certain demands and has consequences for harmful behavior.

Maggie Harmon, Oakland

JFK without a car good for all

Regarding “Keep cars away from JFK Drive for good” (Editorial, December 26): Thank you for your factual editorial, debunking many of the statements made by those in favor of returning cars to John F Kennedy Drive. We, as a city, and the Supervisory Board in particular, need to make San Francisco a world-class city and see the big picture.

We also need to provide safe spaces for all ages to walk and cycle, while maintaining shuttle transportation for those who cannot participate in non-motorized transportation.

Hopefully, supervisors can look beyond their neighborhoods and the city as a whole when they make their decision next year on closing the main road in Golden Gate Park. Keep in mind that 75% of the cars traveling on JFK have NOT visited the park, but used it as a high speed commuter highway.

Susan George, San Francisco

Airmen must vaccinate

On “Airlines Need Vaccination Mandate” (Open Forum, December 27): Congratulations to Roger Rapoport for drawing the necessary attention to the reckless policy of allowing unvaccinated people to travel on domestic flights . No wonder so many flights are canceled because airline workers are in short supply due to COVID.

When I recently made reservations to fly to Portland I kept wondering when the airline was going to require my proof of vaccination only to realize that I was going to have to play Russian Roulette if I wanted to see my grandchildren for Christmas.

Nancy Bartell, Berkeley


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