California Finds Too Few Inmates for Early Release

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration says in a court filing that the state is falling far short of meeting a demand from federal judges to find thousands of inmates who could be released from prison early without endangering the public.

The judges are requiring the state to free nearly 10,000 inmates by year's end to reduce crowding in prisons and improve treatment for sick and mentally ill inmates.

If other methods fail, they ordered the state to reach that level by releasing offenders who are considered unlikely to commit new crimes.

However, the state said late Thursday that it has identified only about 1,200 inmates who could be safely released.

Inmates' attorneys are filing a challenge Friday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject Brown's request to delay releasing the inmates.

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