Change to California’s Prison Realignment Law Focuses on Drug Dealers

California Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Sacramento) has introduced a bill that would send drug dealers to state prisons instead of county jails. The bill, introduced in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s prison realignment law, has support from Democrats throughout the state.

According to an Associated Press article, Cooley’s bill delves into specific measurements of illicit substances sold, aiming for drug dealers “higher up” on the chain. This realignment effort will place those charged with the sale or transport of “more than 2.2 pounds of cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine in state institutions.