"Now a criminal justice and drug policy educator with the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Moss said the cost of providing services to people would be cheaper and more effective than incarceration.
California spends about $50,000 per year to keep a person in prison and more than $36,000 for County Jail inmates. The recidivism rate is about 70 percent, he said.
"The very basic things one needs is to get back up and start contributing to society," Moss said. "When I learned what the wounds were, I learned what I needed to heal them. Sitting in a jail cell doesn't address that."
Instead of Santa Cruzans calling to "take our city back," Moss proposed, "Give folks a chance to take their lives back.""