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Governor Seeks Two More Years to Cut Prison Population

| January 23, 2014
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A guard and inmates at Chino State Prison. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown is asking federal judges to give the state two more years to reduce its prison population to the level set by the court, and says inmates could be released early if the state fails to meet its goals.

The proposal presented to special panel of three federal judges on Thursday calls for the court to appoint a compliance officer to choose which inmates would be freed.

The state faces an April 18 deadline to reduce the prison population to about 112,000 — a reduction of roughly 6,000 from current levels — to comply with the court’s population cap.

Brown wants the deadline extended to Feb. 28, 2016. He proposes to meet interim population reduction deadlines in June and February 2015.

The judges ordered the state and lawyers for inmates to propose their separate plans after they failed to reach an agreement earlier this month.

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Dan Brekke has worked in media ever since Nixon's first term, when newspapers were still using hot type. He had moved on to online news by the time Bill Clinton met Monica Lewinsky. He's been at KQED since 2007, is an enthusiastic practitioner of radio and online journalism and will talk to you about absolutely anything. Reach Dan Brekke at dbrekke@kqed.org.

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