Bill seeks changes to prison realignment law

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A Democratic state lawmaker on Monday said he wants to alter part of Gov. Jerry Brown's prison realignment law so serious drug pushers are sent to state prisons instead of county jails.

The bill by Assemblyman Ken Cooley of Sacramento would apply to those convicted of selling or transporting more than 2.2 pounds (or 1 kilogram) of heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine. It is one of numerous changes to the 2011 law proposed by lawmakers of both parties.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley Highlights Bill to Send Drug Traffickers to State Prison

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Ken Cooley (Rancho Cordova), Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones gathered at Sacramento County Rio Cosumnes Correction Center on Monday morning to discuss Assembly Bill 222 aimed at incarcerating drug traffickers in California prisons.

Assembly Bill 222 will help ensure that convicted offenders who sell or transport more than one kilogram of heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine will serve their incarceration in state prison and not county jails.