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Sheriff Baca backs governor's prison overhaul

LA County's sheriff joined other law enforcement leaders in supporting Governor Brown's overhaul of state prisons.

April 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and other law enforcement leaders are backing Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to overhaul state prisons.

The law enforcement leaders gathered in Sacramento on Wednesday to urge Republican lawmakers to approve a special election where voters would be asked to extend tax increases.

The increases would help fund the governor's plan to shift responsibility for thousands of criminals from the state to local governments.

Republicans say that plan would overwhelm courts and jails.