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State Supreme Court to weigh Gov. Brown's prison release initiative

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 05, 2016

California's highest court is slated to hear arguments Thursday on whether Gov. Jerry Brown may ask voters in November to allow an early release from prison for some who were convicted of nonviolent crimes.

The California Supreme Court hearing, scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT, can be watched live on the court's website.

Brown's proposal, unveiled in late January as part of a plan to reduce the prison population, was amended into an existing proposed initiative that dealt solely with juvenile justice.

The California District Attorneys Assn., arguing that Brown's proposals resulted in an "entire rewrite" of the original measure, persuaded a Sacramento judge in February to prevent the proposal from being circulated for voter signatures.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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