On the one hand, there's Merced County Sheriff Mark Pazin, who has backed the governor's realignment plan from the day it was announced. He's a big fan of each county making its own decisions on how to deal with low-level offenders:
Pazin: "Now, that's not going to say that we aren't going to have to reevaluate, retool and recalibrate during these next few months, but I gotta tell you this - the challenges presented today are gonna be the successes for tomorrow, and that's what we have to embrace."
On the other hand, there's Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, who opposes it so strongly, he interrupted his family vacation at Disneyland to speak out. He likes the idea of realignment, but says this plan is rushed to meet a U.S. Supreme Court order:
Jones: "This iteration of realignment is so poor and so poorly thought out and not well discussed or vetted out yet. If the state has to release 32,000 inmates, I would argue that it would be better to just open up the doors and release all 32,000 today and then resume the discussion about how to best implement realignment."
The governor says letting counties take over is far better than the current system, with its 70 percent repeat offender rate.
Brown: "The realignment plan has been thought through. It's not trouble-free, there'll be bumps around the road. But from everything I can tell, this is a viable plan."
The biggest concern for counties is the lack of a guaranteed long-term funding source. The governor promises he'll ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment next year.