Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown arrives for the State of the State in the Assembly Chamber at the State Capitol on Thursday January 21, 2016. (Paul Kitagaki Jr. / pkitagaki@sacbee.com)

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
February 27, 2016 7:43 PM

  • California governor defends administration’s handling of crime initiative
  • Brown supporters expected to start circulating petition immediately
  • Brown says “the process worked”

Gov. Jerry Brown said Saturday that it only took so long to file his ballot initiative to make certain nonviolent felons eligible for early parole because he was consulting with law enforcement groups, saying the “process worked” despite legal uncertainty surrounding the measure.

The Democratic governor was allowed to move ahead with his initiative on Friday, when the California Supreme Court temporarily stayed a lower court’s ruling blocking the measure.

Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a title and summary for the initiative, and Democrats were expected to begin circulating it immediately.

The initiative’s filing came so late that, if the Supreme Court rules against Brown, he has said he will not have enough time to re-file the initiative. Brown told The Bee on Saturday that his administration could not have filed sooner.

“One of the reasons we took a little bit longer is we were consulting with the district attorneys, the police chiefs, the sheriffs, the probation officials,” he said. “And we did a very extensive consultation, and that took days and weeks, and I think it was well worthwhile.”

Brown added, “That’s why I think the process worked, and I’m very hopeful that the Supreme Court will take a very close look at all the facts.”

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