Gov. Jerry Brown said he didn’t foresee that a 1977 law he signed setting rigid sentences for felons would discourage them from working toward earlier release through rehabilitation. Brown now wants to reverse the law.
Gov. Jerry Brown said he didn’t foresee that a 1977 law he signed setting rigid sentences for felons would discourage them from working toward earlier release through rehabilitation. Brown now wants to reverse the law. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press file
Gov. Jerry Brown said he didn’t foresee that a 1977 law he signed setting rigid sentences for felons would discourage them from working toward earlier release through rehabilitation. Brown now wants to reverse the law. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press file
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Dan Walters: Acts by California politicians have backfired

February 21, 2016 9:35 AM

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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