By Dan Walters
Published: Friday, Mar. 1, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
The official line from Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and legislative leaders – the party line, in fact – continues to be that a “historic realignment” of criminal justice responsibilities reducing the state prison population is a big success, end of story.
They express that attitude not only publicly but in paperwork filed with the federal courts claiming that the state has been so successful in reducing prison overcrowding, it deserves a reprieve from judicial supervision.
Brown is even warning that if the courts require further reductions, he would have to turn dangerous felons loose to prey upon the public – in effect, setting up the federal judges for blame should that occur.
The hear-no-evil, see-no-evil attitude about diverting tens of thousands of newly sentenced felons from prison into local jails and locally managed probation is so implacable that the state isn’t even doing any studies on realignment’s real-world impacts.
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