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California seeks 2-year delay to trim prison crowding

5:32 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - 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 the special three-member panel on Thursday calls for the court to appoint a compliance officer to choose which inmates would be freed.

The state faces an uncertain spring deadline to reduce the prison population by about 5,000 inmates 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 two sides to propose their separate plans after they failed to reach an agreement.

The Associated Press

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