Governor Brown Proposes Sentencing Reforms

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SACRAMENTO–

California Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants voters to approve a ballot measure in November that would affect thousands of state prison inmates and significantly change current law.

He announced a proposal Wednesday that could cut the amount of time felons serve in prison and how juveniles are tried as adults.

The Democratic governor says it would increase sentencing credits for inmates who complete rehabilitation programs.

It would also allow non-violent felons to seek parole after they have completed their base sentences and require judges instead of prosecutors to decide if juveniles should be tried in adult court.

Brown says the proposals build on federal court orders requiring California to reduce its prison population.

Brown has $24 million in his campaign account that he can spend on political campaigns.