Calif. District Attorneys upset with Brown's prison initiatives

Mar 4, 2016 11:59 AM by David McVicker

Governor Jerry Brown's plan to reduce the prison population is getting strong opposition from California’s top prosecutors including Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey. The governor's initiative would permit parolees to be released earlier.

The District Attorneys of California are opposed to governor jerry brown, particularly his Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016.

The association is claiming that brown went about the change improperly, by amending his proposal to an existing initiative.

The governor is looking to expand prisoner's sentencing credits and permit earlier parole to nonviolent felons. However, Ramsey and the other DA's believe this is a huge mistake.

"The district attorneys' main concern is the name of the initiative itself, arguing that it's deceitful, and the California’s definition of a nonviolent criminal," Ramsey said.

For Ramsey, a better solution would be creating more prisons that offer educational programs, like the expansion of Butte County’s prison by 2020, proposed by Sheriff Kory Honea.

The supreme court of California will decide if the governor can continue with this initiative or if it has been created inappropriately, which would mean back to the drawing board for governor brown.


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