On politics in the Golden State
January 7, 2013 | 10:02 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown contends California no longer needs to reduce overcrowding in the state’s prisons.

Federal judges had given the state until midnight Monday to file plans showing how California would meet federal caps on prison populations. Instead, in a motion filed late in the day, the governor’s lawyers asked the judges to lift those caps.

“The overcrowding and healthcare conditions cited by this court to support its population reduction order are now a distant memory,” the state’s lawyers contend.

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