Feb 24, 2016 9:42 PM by Debbie Cobb
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A judge has blocked Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed ballot initiative to reduce California's prison population.
Prosecutors sued to prevent Attorney General Kamala Harris from issuing the title and summary that would let supporters begin gathering signatures.
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang ruled Wednesday that Brown wrongly bypassed the normal filing process.
The Democratic governor amended an existing initiative about juveniles being tried as adults, adding a proposal to increase sentencing credits for adult inmates and allow earlier parole for non-violent felons.
Chang sided with the California District Attorneys Association, which argued that Brown should file a new initiative instead of amending an existing proposal.
The ruling could delay signature-gathering for Brown's initiative beyond this year. Attorney James Harrison, argued that it would force the initiative to 2018.
The original initiative stripped prosecutors of their power to decide if juveniles should be tried in adult court. Brown amended it to increase sentencing credits for adult inmates and allow earlier parole for non-violent felons.
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