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By Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh
sstanton@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013 – 12:14 am

Facing a federal court order to cut its inmate population by about 8,500 inmates by the end of the year, California officials asked a federal court panel late Monday to grant a three-year extension to ensure that mass inmate releases do not occur.

A panel of three federal judges had ordered the state to submit detailed plans by Monday on how it would cut the population in its 34 adult prisons to 137.5 percent of capacity by the end of the year.

But Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration instead asked for the postponement, noting that legislation he signed last week, Senate Bill 105, is designed to ease California’s overcrowding crisis without the need to release inmates early.

“SB 105 appropriates $315 million to be used for a mix of increased prison capacity and long term reforms to control prison crowding,” the state said in its court filing.

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