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Analyst urges California to reject switch to short probation

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Posted at 8:00 PM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 23:01:01-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California's nonpartisan legislative analyst says Gov. Gavin Newsom's proposal to sharply reduce the time a convict is under supervised release could wind up sending more criminals to jail or prison.

That's the reverse of what he intends.

The analyst on Tuesday recommended that California lawmakers reject the idea.

Newsom wants to set a maximum two-year limit on probation terms, down from five for felons and three for those convicted of misdemeanors. But in practice, misdemeanor probation would be limited to one year unless the offender is convicted of multiple misdemeanors.

Newsom spokeswoman Vicky Waters said the administration disagrees with the analyst's assessment.

Click here to read the full report from the Legislative Analyst's Office.