A condemned inmate is moved by corrections officers inside San Quentin State Prison on Dec. 29, 2015. Overdrowding in state prisons has dropped sharply, and Gov. Jerry Brown wants to modify a tough sentencing law he signed four decades ago.
A condemned inmate is moved by corrections officers inside San Quentin State Prison on Dec. 29, 2015. Overdrowding in state prisons has dropped sharply, and Gov. Jerry Brown wants to modify a tough sentencing law he signed four decades ago. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
A condemned inmate is moved by corrections officers inside San Quentin State Prison on Dec. 29, 2015. Overdrowding in state prisons has dropped sharply, and Gov. Jerry Brown wants to modify a tough sentencing law he signed four decades ago. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
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Dan Walters' column appears in dozens of California newspapers. He joined the Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975 and in 1981 began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California political, economic and social events. He and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee in 1984. Contact him at dwalters@sacbee.com or 916-321-1195. Twitter: @WaltersBee