California governor turns in signatures for crime initiative

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2016 file photo, California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at the Association of California Water Agencies conference in Sacramento, Calif. After scoring victories last year on his signature priority of climate change, Brown will lay out his next agenda for California as he delivers his state of the state address Thursday, Jan 21.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Proponents say Gov. Jerry Brown is turning in nearly a million signatures for his bid to ask voters to approve new ways to reduce California’s prison population.

The Democratic governor’s campaign submitted the signatures Friday. The campaign needs 585,000 valid signatures for a constitutional ballot measure this year.

Brown wants voters in November to increase sentencing credits to allow adult inmates more ways to get out of prison early.

The governor’s proposal is tied up in a court battle that is awaiting a ruling from the Supreme Court on whether he acted properly. He amended that plan onto a ballot measure dealing with the juvenile justice system.

California’s district attorneys say his initiative would increase crime and undermining laws designed to protect crime victims’ rights.

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