Yelp reviews can’t soften jail time

April 30, 2013

Regarding the April 28 front-page article “On Yelp, the view from jail”:

“Jail isn’t a restaurant. It isn’t seeing a movie,” said the spokesman for the Los Angeles County sheriff. But people should not forget that the confinement is the punishment. Good food, clean and appropriately heated and cooled facilities and staff who are reasonably civil are not luxuries in that context; no such “coddling” can soften the hardships of long-term confinement — the inability to move freely, the same gray walls and tiny windows day after day and the inability to choose one’s living companions.    

Donna H. Sandin, Reston

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