- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Latest on arguments before the California Supreme Court over Gov. Jerry Brown’s bid to put his plan to reduce the state’s prison population before voters in November (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

California Supreme Court justices questioned whether Gov. Jerry Brown made sweeping changes to an existing ballot proposal that shortchanged voters in his bid to put his plan to reduce the state’s prison population on the November ballot.

Justice Ming Chin said at a hearing Thursday that Brown’s changes turned the measure into a constitutional amendment, and eliminating public comment on a proposed constitutional amendment seemed wrong.

The justices did not immediately rule.

At stake are Brown’s amendments to a juvenile justice initiative increasing sentencing credits for adult inmates and allowing earlier parole for non-violent felons.

A Sacramento County judge said the governor went too far when he amended the initiative recently, violating a 2014 law that requires that amendments are reasonably related to the original initiative.

12:15 a.m.

California’s Supreme Court is set to hear arguments over Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to put his plan to reduce the state’s prison population before voters in November.

Oral arguments are scheduled for Thursday morning, though the justices will not issue a ruling at the hearing.

At stake are Brown’s amendments to a juvenile justice initiative increasing sentencing credits for adult inmates and allowing earlier parole for non-violent felons.

Brown says the changes are needed to help keep the inmate population below the level required by federal judges.

But a Sacramento County judge said the governor went too far when he amended the juvenile justice initiative, violating a 2014 law that requires that amendments are reasonably related to the original initiative.

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