SACRAMENTO -- Assembly Speaker John Perez stands with the Governor, calling the plan "the right [one] given our circumstances." However, not all Assembly Democrats are in lock-step with the governor.
Sacramento's Assemblyman Roger Dickinson says while he wants to make sure that public safety isn't compromised while still complying with the federal court's order.
"If we can fashion an approach to address the long-term interest of reducing the prison population, then I think that is a very worthwhile effort and objective," Dickinson said.
Dickinson believes that, over the next two weeks of the session, Democrats will try to blend the plans proposed by the governor and the Senate leader.
"I think that Sen. Steinberg is trying to get closer to the ultimate objective in the approach that he's taking. While on the other hand the governor is trying to ensure that there's no question that public safety is being protected," Dickinson said.
The District 7 representative says Democrats are fortunate to have more than one suggested approach to work with. He wants to make sure the public is confident that public safety is being protected, but believes rehabilitation and prevention measures are the key to a long-term reduction in prison population.