Prosecutors Challenge Proposed California Sentencing Changes

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors are challenging Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed ballot initiative to reduce the state’s prison population.

The California District Attorneys Association says in a lawsuit that the initiative Brown announced last month was improperly amended onto an existing ballot measure.

The lawsuit against Attorney General Kamala Harris and others was made public Friday.

In his initiative, the Democratic governor added provisions to increase sentencing credits for adult inmates who complete rehabilitation programs. It would also allow non-violent felons to seek parole after they have completed their base sentences.

The district attorneys association opposes the proposal. It is asking a judge to block Harris from issuing the title and summary that would let Brown and his supporters begin collecting signatures.

Spokeswomen for Brown and Harris did not immediately comment.