Kent gives Marc Howard the benefit of a doubt when he marks up to laziness, rather than deceit, Mr. Howard's claim that most of those to be released under Plata will be more-or-less harmless people.
I don't know Marc Howard, so Kent might be right. Still, I have my doubts. Lying about the facts has become a standard part of the Left's debate inventory, along with its first cousin, smearing the opposition.
What paricularly arouses my suspicion is the breezy contempt Howard uses in introducing his soothing "information" about the prospective releasees (emphasis added): "[Conservatives'] panic-stricken reaction conveniently ignores the fact that more prisoners are incarcerated as a result of property, drug, public order, and other crimes than of violent crimes--and presumably the former would stand to benefit from early release."
Notice that there is no such thing as legitimate concern -- only "panic-stricken reaction." Notice also that conservatives "conveniently ignore" -- guess what -- exactly the "fact" that isn't a fact at all (and that would therefore be a really good candidate to, ummmm, get ignored!) Notice further that the thousands of inmates to be released are presumably of the harmless variety -- said presumption being based on -- well, what?
Answer: willful blindness and wishful thinking. Kinda like "hope and change," to coin a phrase. Except it gets worse, because (a) presuming that thousands of release decisions will be made correctly by the very system whose years of colossal ineptitude required such decsions to start with would seem, uh, moderately stupid; and (b) within the last 48 hours, we learned that California, without the haste and pressure of a court order, nonetheless released to non-revocable parole hundreds of criminals with "a high risk of violence." But not to worry, now that it has the courts breathing down its neck, and many times the number of release decisions that must be made, California will, we can all presume, be releasing only Mr. Nicey.
I respectfully suggest that the better presumption is that California residents do what I did the day I graduated from Stanford Law School, i.e., move to Virginia.