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California’s prisons: A federal case, again

(Ted Rall / For The Times)

A trio of federal judges ordered Gov. Jerry Brown to immediately begin freeing state inmates and waived state laws to allow early releases, threatening the governor with contempt if he does not comply. Citing California’s “defiance,” “intransigence” and “deliberate failure” to provide inmates with adequate care in its overcrowded lockups, the judges said Brown must shed 9,600 inmates -- about 8% of the prison population -- by the end of the year.

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