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Brown Statement on Plata

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Gov. Jerry Brown is nominally the losing party in today's Plata decision, but you wouldn't know it to read his statement on the case.

"The Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's decision that California must reduce its prison population. In its ruling, the Supreme Court recognized that the enactment of AB 109 is key to meeting this obligation. We must now secure full and constitutionally guaranteed funding to put into effect all the realignment provisions contained in AB 109. As we work to carry out the Court's ruling, I will take all steps necessary to protect public safety."

"Realignment" means shifting much of the work of the state prison system to local governments.  Supposedly the state will also provide the money.  Believing that is like Charlie Brown believing that Lucy will really hold the football while he kicks it this time, even though she has jerked it away every single time in the past.

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