California Seeks Extension to Comply with Prison Population Caps

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Admitting once again to federal judges that the state won’t be able to reach goals set for reducing crowding in its prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has asked for a delay while it works on alternatives.

In legal filings Thursday, the state corrections department said the number of inmates in its 33 prisons has remained roughly unchanged for two months.

It is highly unlikely, the state filing said, that  California will meet a December target of trimming its total prison population to 147% of capacity, let alone the goal of 137.5% of capacity by June.



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