Santa Ana’s jail should be closed and repurposed

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. California, of course, is part of the problem. But what if a city in the Golden State had the chance to buck the trend?

This isn’t a hypothetical question.

The city of Santa Ana is at a critical turning point. Next Tuesday, the Santa Ana City Council will decide on the future of its local jail. There’s a lot at stake here, not only because the jail currently operates at an $8.6 million annual deficit, but also because the...

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