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Bills sent to Gov. Brown would create new felonies, putting more in prison

Bills sent to Gov. Brown would create new felonies, putting more in prison

Seven months after California reduced prison crowding to a level accepted by federal courts, lawmakers have sent Gov. Jerry Brown proposals that would create new felony crimes for which people could be locked up.

Three of those four proposals would put more people in prison. And, following a familiar political pattern, all invoke powerful public tragedies, including serial murders in Orange County and a rampage at UC Santa Barbara in which six people were killed.

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FOR THE RECORD

Felony crime bills: In the Sept. 12 California section, an article about four proposals to create new felony crimes calling for prison or jail time referred to a...

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