Fresno County Sheriff Responds To Gov. Brown In Prop 57 Dispute
Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and California Governor Jerry Brown are locked in a dispute over which prisoners might be eligible for early release if voters approve Proposition 57. It's a measure backed by Brown as a remedy to the state's prison overcrowding problems, and a rollback of so-called "determinate sentencing" that Brown signed into law during his first stint in Sacramento in the 1970s. Mims says the law could let certain sexual offenders and others convicted of "nonviolent" crimes as defined in California's Penal Code, out of jail early. The Governor disputes those claims and says if Prop 57, his administration will issue regulations that effectively will trump those concerns. Sheriff Mims joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the issue.