Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the 91st Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast, a gathering of 1,200 business leaders from throughout the state on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Brown sought support for his proposed criminal sentencing ballot measure that would offer parole to some felons.
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the 91st Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast, a gathering of 1,200 business leaders from throughout the state on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Brown sought support for his proposed criminal sentencing ballot measure that would offer parole to some felons. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the 91st Annual Sacramento Host Breakfast, a gathering of 1,200 business leaders from throughout the state on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Brown sought support for his proposed criminal sentencing ballot measure that would offer parole to some felons. Randy Pench rpench@sacbee.com
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Jerry Brown’s ‘nonviolent’ parole measure would apply to violent crimes

May 23, 2016 04:16 PM

UPDATED May 24, 2016 07:35 AM

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