Maldonado Promises Ballot Measure to Overturn Brown's Realignment Program
Published On : 5/9/2013 9:36 AM
From : CCN
Categories : Local, State
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Former Republican Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado says he’ll lead an effort to ask voters to reverse California Governor Jerry Brown’s prison realignment program. That will likely be a cornerstone of Maldonado’s all-but-declared campaign for governor.
Standing atop a parking garage with the Capitol in view behind him, Maldonado looked and sounded like a challenger to Governor Brown. He blasted Brown’s shift of low-level inmates from the state to counties and promised to overturn it. To comply with the federal court order that the state must reduce prison overcrowding, he called for increased prison capacity instead.
“If the legislature wanted more capacity and wanted to keep violent criminals off our streets, they can do it. They just have to want to do it. And the captain of the ship over there is Governor Brown. And you can’t pretend to be the lifeguard of the wreck when you’ve been the captain of the ship. Get it fixed!”
Brown’s Corrections Department insists realignment is working – and that it doesn’t change the length of time offenders serve behind bars.
Maldonado has opened an exploratory committee for governor – and says there’s a “pretty good shot” he’ll run.