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Judges extend deadline in California prison case

September 25, 2013

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — Federal judges agreed Tuesday 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 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.

The panel of three federal judges granted the 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 inmates who are elderly and infirmed or who were sentenced under the controversial three-strikes law that requires sentences of 25 years to life in prison for people convicted of a third felony.

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