Inmates walk through the exercise yard at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, in 2013. Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest attempt to reduce the state prison population is a ballot initiative that reduces penalties for some adult crimes and would have fewer juveniles tried as adults.
Inmates walk through the exercise yard at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, in 2013. Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest attempt to reduce the state prison population is a ballot initiative that reduces penalties for some adult crimes and would have fewer juveniles tried as adults. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press file
Inmates walk through the exercise yard at California State Prison Sacramento, near Folsom, in 2013. Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest attempt to reduce the state prison population is a ballot initiative that reduces penalties for some adult crimes and would have fewer juveniles tried as adults. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press file
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Dan Walters: Jerry Brown’s bill helps his crime initiative quest

May 04, 2016 07:43 AM

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