Governor Jerry Brown says his prison realignment program is working, and working well.

The program that keeps low-level offenders in jails rather than prisons is still meeting plenty of criticism but Brown says what he's seeing is "encouraging."

"I've been around to 10 counties and I've talked to district attorneys, I've talked to police chiefs, I've talked to sheriff's," Brown said. 

And he says they all report growing success, so his concentration remains overcrowding. He says it's a day-to-day struggle to meet federal prison mandates.

"We are on track, and that too, has led to some creative responses," he said. 

Speaking at a victim's right rally, Brown defended his parole of some "lifers" who were no longer deemed dangerous, saying he's following the law and believes in redemption.