Slain deputy's family opposes California prison initiative

The family of a slain Los Angeles County sheriff's sergeant is forcefully opposing a November ballot initiative backed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would change California's sentencing laws.

Tania Owen, Sgt. Steve Owen's widow, on Tuesday called Brown "the great deceiver."

She says his Proposition 57, contrary to promises, would endanger public safety by giving corrections officials more control of when criminals are released.

A spokesman for ballot measure supporters says parole officials will reject earlier releases for anyone who is a risk to public safety, while letting the state focus on the most dangerous criminals.

Owen says early releases could include many violent offenders like the man charged with killing her husband earlier this month. She was joined at a news conference by her late husband's mother and brother.

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