State prison crowding deadline extended by a month

California given more time to cut prison populations as longer-term delay talks continue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Federal judges are giving California an additional month to reduce its prison population, as negotiations continue over a longer-term delay.

The judges said in a one-paragraph order Monday that a court-appointed mediator needs more time to seek agreement on how the state should reduce inmate crowding.

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers want a three-year delay to give proposed rehabilitation programs time to work. Under a new state law, the alternative is to spend $315 million this fiscal year to house thousands of inmates in private prisons and county jails.

The judges pushed back the deadline until late February for meeting an earlier population-reduction goal.

The court ordered the mediator to provide a mid-November update to say if negotiations are still productive.

comments powered by Disqus

Photo Galleries

  • Unusual celebrity baby names
    Megan Fox Instagram via CNN

    Unusual celebrity baby names

    ������ Megan Fox's third child with Brian Austin Green is named Journey River Green. The actress took to Instagram on Wednesday to share a selfie of her with baby Journey. Take a look at some other celebrity baby names that are just as unique, if not more so.

    Read More »
  • On this day: October 27
    Man Alive! via Wikimedia Commons

    On this day: October 27

    New York City's first underground subway opens, Marilyn Monroe files for divorce from Joe DiMaggio, and the Boston Red Sox break the "Curse of the Bambino," all on this day.

    Read More »
  • 10 worst places to live during zombie apocalypse
    iStock/Diane Diederich

    10 worst places to live during zombie apocalypse

    When the dead rise up, you don't want to be caught unprepared. You also don't want to be in one of these 10 cities.

    Read More »
  • Takata air bag recall by the numbers

    Takata air bag recall by the numbers

    Millions of cars have been recalled due to defective Takata air bags across the world. One in every 10 cars in the U.S. is affected by the recall, Automotive News reports. The publication is calling this the "recall of the century," as up to 90 million more recalls are possible.

    Read More »
  • Europe refugee crisis: 2016 'deadliest year'
    Spencer Platt Getty Images

    Europe refugee crisis: 2016 'deadliest year'

    France continues to clear out "The Jungle," and the UN refuge agency says 2016 has become the deadliest for migrants crossing the Mediterranean bound for Europe.������

    Read More »