Former Lieutenant Governor Visits Redding; Said He's Ready to Take Down AB 109
Former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado is working on an initiative to take down Governor Jerry Brown's early release program, known as AB 109.
He's touring cities in California to spread the word about the effort. He held a news conference at the Shasta County Jail in Redding on Wednesday morning.
"In California, if you commit a crime, you're going to do your time. And under Governor Brown's early release, when you commit a crime, you do less time," Maldonado said.
The former Republican Lieutenant Governor is a potential candidate for Governor in 2014. He said that he feels that AB 109 is causing property and violent crime rates across the state to rise.
He said it is not fair for the government to simply push problems off on California's counties.
"It's a revolving door. Criminals know, people know, that they can go in for a day or two then they come back out, they go back in for a day or two then come back out. The system is not working," Maldonado said. "It's an experiment that's broken. It's unsafe for California. Frankly, it's dangerous and we need to stop it and the only way we're going to stop it is if the community rises up and says enough is enough."
He also talked about other routes our government could be taking, such as expanding capacities or looking to reopen old facilities in order to make more room.
Maldonado is working with other leaders in the state, including Senator Jim Nielsen but he says ultimately, their plan is to leave the issue up to voters.
Maldonado said we can expect to see the initiative to repeal AB 109 on the November 2014 ballot.
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