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Judges Extend Calif. Deadline For Inmate Reduction

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In this undated photo released by the California Department of Corrections, inmates sit in crowded conditions at California State Prison, Los Angeles. (credit: AP Photo/California Department of Corrections)

In this undated photo released by the California Department of Corrections, inmates sit in crowded conditions at California State Prison, Los Angeles. (credit: AP Photo/California Department of Corrections)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A panel of federal judges has extended California’s deadline to cut its prison population until April 18.

The judges previously had moved the deadline to February while a court-appointed mediator works to find a long-term solution with Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and attorneys representing inmates.

The judges ordered that those talks continue until Jan. 10. But the one-paragraph order released Wednesday warns that they plan no further extension in the negotiations, “absent extraordinary circumstances.”

The state now faces a spring deadline to reduce the prison population to about 110,000 inmates.

The state is pushing for a three-year delay in the court-ordered deadline to give rehabilitation programs time to work as an alternative to housing thousands of inmates in private prisons and county jails.

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