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Brown Says Criminal Justice System Must Be Improved

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Sacramento County Jail

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Governor Jerry Brown was speaking at a conference on realignment, his program that diverts some offenders from state prisons to county jails. The program has been controversial among law enforcement, but Brown says it’s given local governments more control. And he says he wants to work on other ways to improve California’s criminal justice system.

"We’re in year three of realignment. It’s going to continue," he says. "I’m not looking for massive new legislation, at least not yet. I’m looking to meet with many more of you, to work with you."

Brown says recent court rulings and changes to the law have eased sentencing requirements in California. He did not say whether he wants more changes. Instead he stressed the need to strike a balance in the justice system.