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Gov. Jerry Brown backs Carmen Trutanich for district attorney

Gov. Jerry Brown has thrown his support behind Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich in the race for L.A. County district attorney, Trutanich's election campaign announced Thursday.

The endorsement was announced a day after Trutanich released his vision for the office in which he described Brown's public safety realignment policy as an opportunity to end the state's over-reliance on incarceration by emphasizing rehabilitation for offenders.

Realignment shifts the responsibility for thousands of inmates from state prisons to local jails. Several of Trutanich's rivals have criticized the policy as a danger to public safety.

In a statement released by Trutanich's campaign, Brown said he was supporting Trutanich because "L.A. County needs a D.A. who’s battle-tested, has fought crime as a frontline prosecutor, but also as a manager, overseeing a large municipal law office with hundreds of attorneys.”

Trutanich is one of six candidates vying to replace Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley in the June 5 election. The others are Chief Deputy Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey; Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Jackson; Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers; Deputy Dist. Atty. Bobby Grace, and Deputy Dist. Atty. John L. Breault III.

If no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face each other in a November run-off.

-- Jack Leonard

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