Calif. could speed inmate releases to ease crowding

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Associated Press

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 4:02 AM

Updated Friday, May 3 at 4:30 AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is warning that the plan he's submitted to federal judges to ease prison overcrowding in the state would undermine public safety. But he has filed the plan anyway under protest and a deadline.

The governor's plan calls for increasing early release credits for inmates and paroling elderly and incapacitated prisoners, while slowing the return of thousands of inmates who are being held in private prisons in other states. It also would allow inmates with a violent history to become firefighters.

The judges had required the state to outline how it would meet a court-ordered population cap by the end of the year.

Brown plans to seek a delay while he appeals the ruling on overcrowding, which already has been upheld once by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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