Analysis: Calif. Gov. Brown's Prison Problem of His Own Making

Encouraged mass incarceration during his first terms as governor


The biblical injunction "as ye sow, so shall ye reap" has a political version – what goes around comes around.

Jerry Brown's career is a particularly ironic example.

During his first governorship, he was in perpetual campaign mode, reacting to exigencies of the moment with little thought to long-term consequences.

But they were waiting when he returned to office after a 28-year absence.