California Correctional Peace Officers Association President Mike Jimenez said in a news release that the union’s decision was guided by a “tremendous need for reform and a pragmatic approach and understanding of the crisis that we see within the correctional system.”
He said Brown, the state attorney general and former governor, has demonstrated the leadership and experience needed to address those challenges.
“Simply building more prisons is not the solution,” he said in a statement. “We need a governor that understands the nuances and is willing to bring all of the stakeholders to the table in a concerted effort to collectively resolve this ongoing problem.”
The release, which you can read here, also states the group was looking to support a candidate who “appreciates and respects” the state workforce.
CCPOA represents more than 30,000 correctional peace officers and parole officers working in the state correctional system.