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Many Smell Political Posturing In Maldonado's Call For Realignment Repeal

Publication Date: 
May 10, 2013
Daily Journal
Hamed Aleaziz

Professor Robert Weisberg spoke with the Daily Journal's Hamed Aleaziz about former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado's plan to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot to repeal the state's realignment legislation and why he believes the move is "wildly impractical" and "a bit of grandstanding."

Gov. Jerry Brown's landmark criminal justice legislation known as realignment is facing heavy criticism from a potential electoral foe.

On Wednesday, former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado, widely expected to be planning a run for governor, announced at a press conference a plan to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot to repeal realignment, a 2011 legislative move that shifted responsibility for various criminal justice functions from the state to counties.


"It's a bit of grandstanding on its own terms," said Robert Weisberg, a realignment expert and co-director of Stanford Law School's Criminal Justice Center. "Even if you thought that it was a terrible idea, it's just wildly impractical to talk about repeal. ... It's already caused so many interactive changes with all the parts of the system that you can't unring the bell - you simply can't."