Reposted from Marin Independent Journal

The decision to redevelop San Quentin is an epochal one and should not be undertaken to placate the Association of Bay Area Government’s unsustainable development demands.

Not only would such a plan impact sensitive baylands and adjacent marine habitat, it will have a regional impact on employment and transportation patterns for generations.

San Quentin is also a symbol of our state’s flawed inmate rehabilitation efforts.

It would be a tragic mistake to shut the prison if it involves relocating the inmate population to rural areas beyond the reach of legal, social and family resources.

The Board of Supervisors was wise to heed the call to begin a deeper community conversation about the future of San Quentin which will include all voices.

Larry Bragman, Fairfax Town Council member