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Judges: Governor must release 10,000 inmates by December

Posted: Friday, Jun 21st, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday said he plans to appeal an order by a panel of federal judges to release 10,000 inmates to reduce California’s prison population.

The order by the judges came along with a warning that failure to do so could result in a contempt of court citation.

“The state will seek an immediate stay of this unprecedented order to release almost 10,000 inmates by the end of this year,” Brown said in a prepared statement. The governor has said that he intends to appeal the latest order to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In their 51-page order, the judges said that Brown’s own plan to reduce the prison population, which he presented in May, fell short of the court-ordered population cap by 2,300 inmates, which has previously been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

For the complete article see the 06-22-2013 issue.

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