New laws in the 1990s increased state criminal penalties and California went from having about 20,000 prison inmates when Jerry Brown began his first stint as governor to a peak of over 160,000 before federal judges began ordering a reduction in severe overcrowding just before he returned to the governorship in 2011.
New laws in the 1990s increased state criminal penalties and California went from having about 20,000 prison inmates when Jerry Brown began his first stint as governor to a peak of over 160,000 before federal judges began ordering a reduction in severe overcrowding just before he returned to the governorship in 2011. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press file
New laws in the 1990s increased state criminal penalties and California went from having about 20,000 prison inmates when Jerry Brown began his first stint as governor to a peak of over 160,000 before federal judges began ordering a reduction in severe overcrowding just before he returned to the governorship in 2011. Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press file
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Could uptick in California crime make it a political issue again?

August 23, 2017 12:01 AM