California Given Additional Time to Reduce Prison Overcrowding
SACRAMENT - Federal judges are giving California an additional month to reduce its prison population.
The judges said in a one-paragraph order that a court-appointed mediator needs more time to seek agreement on how the state should reduce inmate crowding.
Governor Jerry Brown and state lawmakers want a three-year delay to give proposed rehabilitation programs time to work.
Under a new state law, the alternative is to spend 315-million this fiscal year to house thousands of inmates in private prisons and county jails.