The Latest: California governor proposes sentencing reforms

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Posted: Jan 27, 2016 6:35 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to reform sentencing (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants voters to approve a ballot measure in November that would affect thousands of state prison inmates and significantly change current law.

He announced a proposal Wednesday that could cut the amount of time felons serve in prison and change how juveniles are tried as adults.

The Democratic governor says it would increase sentencing credits for inmates who complete rehabilitation programs.

It would also allow non-violent felons to seek parole after they have completed their base sentences and require judges instead of prosecutors to decide if juveniles should be tried in adult court.

Brown says the proposals build on federal court orders requiring California to reduce its prison population.

Brown has $24 million in his campaign account that he can spend on political campaigns.

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12:50 p.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown is announcing a ballot initiative that could cut the amount of time felons serve in prison and how juveniles are tried as adults, according to people familiar with his plans.

Brown scheduled an announcement Wednesday afternoon with law enforcement and faith leaders. His office called it a major announcement on public safety reform.

Those briefed on the Democratic governor's plan say it would give prison officials broad authority to grant early release credits for inmates who complete rehabilitation.

It would also allow non-violent felons to seek parole after they have completed their base sentences and require judges instead of prosecutors to decide if juveniles should be tried in adult court.

Brown has $24 million in his campaign account that he can spend on political campaigns.