SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will shift responsibility for thousands of criminals to local governments, acting over the objections of some law enforcement officials who have said there is no money for them to comply.

Brown sought the measure to help cut the state’s nearly $27 billion deficit, ease prison crowding and promote rehabilitation programs.

But he has been unable to persuade Republicans to approve a special election where voters could extend temporary taxes that are due to expire this year. Brown’s plan calls for $5.9 billion of the vehicle and sales taxes to fund the realignment, with guaranteed money to local governments.

He signed the measure, AB109, on Monday even though the California State Sheriffs’ Association said that without funding, the shift could be a public safety disaster.

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Comments (3)
  1. P. Garces says:

    Rehabilitation is fine, but what about the jobs? No one hires a person with a record, whether trained, “rehabilitated” or otherwise, no matter how specialized that training may be. Even those trained and working in the fire camps fighting fires and participating in search and rescue activities.
    Any suggestions?

  2. who voted for that old geezer? says:

    brown doesn’t get it – he’s governor of the entire state, which includes the local governments that he’s giving the shaft.

  3. G says:

    We will all pay, maybe with our lives for the bleeding heart give them all a break, Berkeley minded, Prius driving, non gun owners, who voted the (2) time loser to office.

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