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California agrees to let prison laborers leave early
California agrees to let prison laborers leave early

California prison officials have agreed to allow minimum custody inmates who provide the bulk of the state prison system’s menial labor force to be eligible for early release. The settlement agreement, filed in federal court Friday, would affect an estimated 4,300 inmates in the state’s crowded prison system, inmate lawyers said. If federal judges concur, those inmates could in January start earning sharply reduced sentences. Previously, officials with Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris’ office argued to the court on behalf of the corrections department that minimum custody inmates provide a “vital” labor force in prisons and should not be allowed to further reduce...

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