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Prison Realignment Could Backfire

I listened to the Gov's speech today and I even tweeted him about keeping the responsibility for felons who should be sent to state prison in our local jails.  I do not like this public policy and think it could back-fire.   There are ways to do intervention and rehabilitation while an inmate is in state prison. - TS

Jerry Brown plans initiative to guarantee law enforcement funds
Sacramento Bee
By: David Siders
9/21/2011

Gov. Jerry Brown said this morning he will put on the November 2012 ballot a constitutional guarantee of funding for law enforcement realignment, the shift of certain offenders from state prisons to local control.

“I’m not leaving Sacramento until we get a constitutional guarantee,” Brown told hundreds of law enforcement and local government officials at Sacramento Convention Center.

Brown’s speech came less than two weeks before the state’s shift of some low-level offenders from state prisons to local control. Though the Democratic governor said he will veto any bill to reduce existing realignment funding, law enforcement and local government officials want a constitutional amendment guaranteeing it.

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