Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking to put an initiative on the November ballot that would unwind some of the harsher aspects of the mandatory sentencing law that went into effect while he was in office between 1975 to 1983.
The proposal he wants California voters to back would make it easier for non-violent offenders to get parole for good behavior and give judges the latitude to decide whether juveniles as young as 14 to be tried as adults for serious crimes.
The measure would need more than 585,000 signatures to put the proposal on the November ballot.
The initiative is part of a larger conversation relating to Prop 47 that aims to change Californians’ opinions on sentencing laws.
Kent Scheidegger, legal director for the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation
Christopher Hawthorne, law professor at Loyola Law School & Director of the Juvenile Innocence & Fair Sentencing Clinic