Initial response from readers is limited skepticism of plan

The Chinchilla administration security proposal was greeted with some skepticism Monday by those who read an early afternoon update.

“She’s forming another committee,” said a Costa Rican woman who lives in the United States.

Others said they were surprised that there were no concrete proposals. There was a brief mention of more prisons, but
none of the types of suggestions that A.M. Costa Rica readers have been putting forth for a week.

The full details of the proposals have not been made known, but the general outlines suggest more social work than crime fighting. For example, Ms. Chinchilla proposed reducing the number of school dropouts.

Dropouts frequently turn to crime, but the link is indirect. She also proposed treatment for addiction. Readers appeared to be looking for a more direct action.

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