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Federal Panel Extends Deadline For California To Reduce Prison Population

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Inmates at Chino State Prison walk the hallway on December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. The U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear arguments to appeal a federal court's ruling last year that the California state prison system would have to release 40,000 prisoners to cope with overcrowding so severe that it violated their human rights. More than 144,000 inmates are currently incarcerated in prisons that were designed to hold about 80,000. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Inmates at Chino State Prison walk the hallway. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Federal judges have agreed to extend an end-of-year deadline for reducing California’s prison population in hopes of finding a long-term solution to an overcrowding crisis.

The ruling Tuesday also granted at least a temporary victory to Gov. Jerry Brown on the issue,

Brown had been fighting against an early release of inmates to comply with the federal court’s order, saying it jeopardized public safety.

On Tuesday, a panel of three federal judges granted a delay until Jan. 27 but said all parties must meet with a separate judge, who will make recommendations to the panel by mid-October.

In their order, the three judges say they want to ensure a durable solution to the prison crowding problem.

They want the state and attorneys representing inmates to examine Three Strikes inmates and elderly and infirmed prisoners among others.

 

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