Governor Jerry Brown is defending his three-year-old criminal justice realignment law, but tells California law enforcement organizations that he's open to making improvements.

Brown pushed the law as a way of reducing prison spending while lowering the inmate population in response to federal court orders.  

It keeps most lower-level offenders in county jails rather than sending them to state prisons.

The Democratic leader said during a speech Wednesday that what many law enforcement officials want most is more money, but that's still in short supply despite the state's budget surplus.

Brown told the Alliance of California Law Enforcement during its annual legislative day that state and local governments are still trying to find the "right mix" between incarceration and rehabilitation.