California Watch: Brown’s ‘Problematic’ Court Security Proposal

Courtesy California Watch

Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan for funding court security could make it difficult to ensure that courts are sufficiently protected, according to the nonpartisan state Legislative Analyst’s Office.

In the realignment proposal outlined in Brown’s budget, counties would no longer provide security for trial courts through the sheriff’s office and at a cost to the state. Instead, the county would provide the entire budget for court security at a guaranteed level of funding.

The proposal is part of Brown’s plan to create $200 million in court savings and help close California’s $25 billion budget gap. But in its generally optimistic overview of the governor’s budget, the analyst’s office described this structure as “problematic” . . . (more)