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California Given Additional Time to Reduce Prison Overcrowding

California Given Additional Time to Reduce Prison Overcrowding

By Wesley Rossenrode. CREATED Oct 23, 2013

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.