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Maldonado launches drive to repeal inmate shift

Posted: May 8, 2013 2:58 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2013 2:58 p.m.
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado announced he would lead a campaign to ask voters to repeal the prison realignment plan passed by the Legislature. Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado announced he would lead a campaign to ask voters to repeal the prison realignment plan passed by the Legislature.
Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado announced he would lead a campaign to ask voters to repeal the prison realignment plan passed by the Legislature.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Potential GOP candidate for governor Abel Maldonado is leading a campaign to ask voters to repeal a law that has shifted responsibility for tens of thousands of criminals from state prisons to county jails.

Maldonado, a former California senator and lieutenant governor, announced Wednesday that he has formed an initiative committee to start collecting signatures to put the measure on next year's ballot.

Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, pushed for the criminal justice realignment under a federal court order to reduce prison crowding. The corrections department responded to Maldonado's criticism, saying counties can rehabilitate many lower-level offenders more efficiently.

Maldonado is considering a run for governor next year against Brown, but he denied the ballot drive is related.

He says "there's a pretty good shot" that he will challenge Brown.

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