Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016

By announcing that California’s harsh criminal sentencing laws have failed, Governor Brown has done the right thing, not the easy thing. That’s rare in politics, and he deserves Californians’ support.

California has to do something about its overcrowded prisons and revolving door of incarceration, and Governor Brown’s proposed ballot initiative* to encourage rehabilitation and education of prisoners will help fix the mess.

Giving juvenile judges -- not prosecutors -- the choice about whether children as young as 14 years old should be tried as adults is also an important step toward a more humane justice system.

* https://www.gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=19289

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