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Voters Back Brown's Prison Plan, Lukewarm on Realignment

CPR photo/Ben Adler

Gov. Jerry Brown and California legislative leaders announce a deal on prisons legislation earlier this month at the state Capitol.

CPR photo/Ben Adler

At least 50 percent of Californians favor the governor’s prison plan.  And nearly 80 percent oppose early releases.  But there’s growing skepticism about Brown’s other signature public safety proposal – the shifting of low-level offenders from the state to counties, known as realignment.

“Compared to when realignment was a concept, or when it was in its early stages, we’re seeing declining numbers of Californians saying they’re confident that their local governments can handle this issue,” says the PPIC's Mark Baldassare.

Still, Baldassare doesn’t see public safety concerns affecting Brown’s approval rating, which is holding steady at just under 50 percent.  And majorities of Californians hold liberal positions on several other hot-button issues: They support same-sex marriage, fracking regulations, Obamacare, and – for the first time – legalizing marijuana.

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Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio