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Opponents Say Governor's Prison Plan Unlikely To Make Ballot

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(AP) — Opponents say Gov. Jerry Brown is unlikely to gather enough signatures to put his plan to reduce the state's prison population before voters in November.

The California District Attorneys Association said in a court filing Monday that Brown is falling far short of the roughly 1 million signatures he'll need by late April to make sure his plan qualifies for the ballot.

The group says his chances are so poor that the California Supreme Court should reject the governor's appeal of a lower court ruling about the measure.

A Brown spokesman calls that argument absurd.

The lower court ruled that Brown improperly amended a proposed ballot measure dealing with the juvenile justice system. He added proposals to increase sentencing credits for adult inmates and allow earlier parole for non-violent offenders.