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California Governor Appeals Prison Plan Ruling

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio
 

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

(AP) - The Latest on the legal dispute over Gov. Jerry Brown's criminal sentencing initiative.

Gov. Jerry Brown is asking California's Supreme Court to stay a judge's ruling on his proposal to reduce the state's prison population.

Brown filed his emergency request Thursday.

He acted less than a day after Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang blocked the state attorney general from issuing documents for the initiative.

Issuing the documents would have allowed Brown's supporters to start gathering signatures to put his initiative on the November ballot.

Brown argues his plan is needed to improve public safety and inmate rehabilitation.

Unless the high court intervenes, the judge's ruling could delay voters' consideration of his plan until 2018. Brown is seeking to boost sentencing credits for adult inmates and allow earlier parole for non-violent felons.

Chang ruled that the Democratic governor improperly modified an existing juvenile justice initiative.