Jerry Brown Accomplishments as Attorney General
ATTORNEY GENERAL BROWN: CRACKING DOWN ON CRIME AND FIGHTING FOR FAIRNESS
As Attorney General, Jerry Brown has made California safer by aggressively prosecuting drug dealers, gang members and corporate criminals - all while reducing his operating budget by almost 10%. His office arrested thousands of criminals, confiscated thousands of guns from persons barred from owning them, and raided hundreds of meth labs. The office also doubled the size of its DNA database. Brown's office also went after companies profiting from the mortgage crisis and labor law violators, and recovered more than half a billion dollars in Medi-Cal fraud and elder abuse cases. Brown's office even successfully thwarted the Bush Administration's attempt to gut California's robust environmental laws.
- Arrested over 6,000 criminals, recovered 5,800 guns, closed 400 meth labs, and doubled the DNA database.
- Cracked down on fraudulent home loan practices, loan modification companies, and investment rating firms.
- Successfully fought the Bush Administration's attempt to gut California's environmental standards.
- Cut the Attorney General's operating budget by nearly 10%.
BROWN IS FIGHTING FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND AGAINST CORPORATE ABUSE
UNDER BROWN'S DIRECTION, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE IS MAKING CALIFORNIA SAFER The Enforcement Division has made over 6,000 arrests and confiscated over 5,800 guns from people barred from owning them. It also raided and closed over 400 meth labs. Cities throughout California saw large-scale gang takedowns under Brown. [California Attorney General's Office]
BROWN VASTLY EXPANDED CALIFORNIA'S CRIMINAL DNA DATABASE, LEADING TO MORE CONVICTIONS Brown doubled the size of the DNA database, adding 900,000 profiles, creating the 4th largest database in the world. The Attorney General opened two new labs in Santa Barbara and Redding. The Attorney General's office used the database to analyze 1,000 backlogged rape cases and bring prosecutions. [California Attorney General's Office]
DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS, BROWN HAS AGGRESSIVELY FOUGHT COMPANIES CAUSING THE MELTDOWN Under Brown, the Attorney General's Office secured an $8.6 billion settlement against Countrywide Financial for peddling home loans designed to default, contributing to the mortgage crisis. Brown shut down and prosecuted dozens of loan modification companies for scamming homeowners. The office is currently investigating Moody's, Standard and Poor's, and Fitch for their "glowing" ratings of mortgage-backed securities. [California Attorney General's Office]
BROWN IS FIGHTING TO KEEP CALIFORNIA FAIR AND PRISTINE
BROWN IS FIGHTING FOR WORKERS' RIGHTS AND A LEVEL BUSINESS PLAYING FIELD Brown created the Department of Justice's Underground Economy Unit, which investigates and litigates against companies that violate labor laws. Such violations include misclassifying employees to pay lower wages, failing to pay minimum wage, violating unemployment insurance laws, and failing to conform to state regulations protecting workers and providing them basic benefits. [California Attorney General's Office]
BROWN IS WEEDING OUT FRAUD WITHIN THE MEDI-CAL SYSTEM The office recovered over $539 million for Medi-Cal fraud and elder abuse. By targeting Medi-Cal abuse, Brown is recovering scarce funds that should be used to provide medical care to the state's poor. [California Attorney General's Office]
BROWN FOUGHT THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S ATTEMPT TO GUT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS The Attorney General successfully battled the auto industry and Bush Administration's push to gut California's fuel efficiency standards for automobiles. Brown also successfully prevented the Bush Administration from allowing logging and road construction in California's wilderness. [California Attorney General's Office]
BROWN IS REDUCING THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OPERATING BUDGET
BROWN REDUCED DEPARTMENT EXPENDITURES BY NEARLY 10% Since taking office in 2006, Brown has returned over $231 million to the State treasury. Brown achieved these budget savings by freezing new hiring, eliminating nearly 800 positions, folding ten divisions into four, and strengthening controls on purchases. Brown decreased in-state travel by 47%, out-of-state travel by 72%, and overtime by 29%. The office expects even more savings this fiscal year, and in the next fiscal year expects to have a discretionary spending budget as small as Fiscal Year 1997-98. [California Attorney General's Office]