Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the latest ruling blocking a state plan to send inmates to out-of-state prisons.

By Anthony York
September 25, 2013, 4:57 p.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration says a federal three-judge panel has overstepped its authority in blocking a state plan to send thousands of inmates to out-of-state prisons, and has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

The latest legal maneuver from the governor’s office comes one day after federal judges ordered state officials to discuss a possible settlement with attorneys representing California prison inmates, who have argued that the state’s prisons are criminally overcrowded.

Brown signed a bill earlier this year that asked for more time to deal with a court-ordered deadline to reduce the state’s prison population by as many as 9,600 inmates. The legislation included a backup plan that involved sending thousands of inmates to other states and housing up to 2,000 more in privately owned facilities in California.

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