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State’s Prison Overcrowding Plan

Sacramento, CA – A federal three-judge panel has given California corrections officials until January to detail how they plan to deal with prison overcrowding.

The panel wants correction officials to outline exactly how they will reduce the state’s inmate population to comply with an order upheld last year by the U.S. Supreme Court. The state must reduce its prison population by 33,000, to a maximum of 110,000 inmates, by June.

Corrections officials say they cannot meet that goal if they follow through on their plan to retrieve inmates who are housed in private prisons in other states.