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Former Lawmaker Wants Prison Realignment Repealed in CA

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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