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Too Many Prisoners = Too Scary for Californians, Says DA Cooley

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District Attorney Steve Cooley went on the record today in opposition of Governor Jerry Brown's proposed budget because he believes a provision for transferring "thousands of convicted felons and parolees to county custody and supervision threatens the safety of citizens."The proposal is part of an effort to re-align state services and programs in order to reduce spending. With Los Angeles County jails already overcrowded, Cooley believes that "up to 9,000 convicted felons would be required to serve their sentences in Los Angeles County," and there just isn't room for them.

The influx of prisoners would further tip the balance so that more lower-level offenders would wind up spending very little time in custody. "Convicted felons will not be adequately punished," said Cooley's office in an e-mailed statement. "Tens of thousands of convicted felons will be on the streets with minimal supervision, threatening all Californians."

“The realignment proposal is a public safety nightmare,” Cooley told the Assembly Budget Subcommittee during a late afternoon hearing in the Board of Supervisors hearing room at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration. Cooley urged the committee members to reject the budget proposal.