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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Federal judges approved plan to reduce California prison overcrowding

On January 12, 2010, a special panel of three federal judges approved a revised plan filed by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) for reducing prison overcrowding in the state. The plan, approved by a panel of federal district court judges comprised under 28 USC § 2284, included summary parole for lower-level offenses to reduce the amount of inmates re-entering the prison system and credit earning enhancements to reduce time served. Action on the order was delayed because the Schwarzennger administration appealed the order to the US Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case this term.

Learn more about litigation related to California prison overcrowding from the JURIST news archive.

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