Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s 2018-2019 revised state budget proposal:

“Today’s budget provides a prudent framework for California’s financial future, while investing in programs that help Californians thrive. The Department of Justice has a strong track record of efficiently and effectively fighting for Californians: from protecting the health of our people and our environment, to defending the civil rights of our most vulnerable populations, to cracking down on crime so that our communities can feel more secure.

“As we continue our work of enforcing California law and promoting public safety, we know that we must evolve with the times – 21st century forensic tools are necessary to combat 21st century crimes. These budget resources will support crucial forensic tools that help stop cybercrime, improve DNA identification, and prevent human trafficking. 

“Today’s budget will help the hardworking men and women at the Department of Justice as they work to make our communities safer, but there is always more we can do. I look forward to working with the Legislature and Governor Brown to ensure the Department of Justice can do even more to promote public safety, enforce California’s laws, and defend the State’s interests against federal overreach.”