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SLO County DA speaks out against governor’s probation proposal

Posted at 7:24 PM, Jan 22, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom is proposing changes to the state's probation system.

He wants to reduce the amount of time a convict would have to serve under supervised release.

Newsom intends to create more intensive programs for criminals serving probation for misdemeanor charges.

The governor's plan would set a maximum two-year limit on probation terms, down from five for felons and three for those convicted of misdemeanors.

San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow disagrees with the plan.

"The governor's proposal says we're just going to cut everybody's probation whether it be felony or misdemeanor down to two years and magically somehow people are going to be better and rehabilitated in two years and we don't need any longer," Dow said. "I prefer it the way it is now."

Newsom is looking for $210 million over the next four years to pay for the program.