Judge Blocks Gov. Jerry Brown’s Prison Plan

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A Sacramento County superior court judge says California’s attorney general abused her discretion by allowing Gov. Jerry Brown to amend a proposed initiative.

Judge Shelleyanne Chang made the ruling Wednesday that blocked Brown’s proposed ballot initiative to reduce California’s prison population. She ordered the attorney general not to issue documents — the title of the initiative and a summary of what it would do — that would let supporters begin gathering signatures.

She says Brown’s amendments radically change the focus of the original initiative without allowing for necessary public comment as the Legislature intended when it set the rules.

The ruling could delay signature-gathering for Brown’s initiative beyond this year and possibly push it to 2018.

Attorney James Harrison argued on behalf of the original proponents who allowed Brown to alter their measure.

He says proponents will immediately appeal.

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