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A deadline for California prisons

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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A guard stands at the entrance to the California State Prison at San Quentin. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Today is the deadline federal courts have set for California to reduce its prison population to 167 percent of capacity. Officials say the state will likely be within a few hundred inmates of the benchmark. The reductions have been made possible largely because of Gov. Jerry Brown's realignment policy, which has moved low-level criminals and parole violators from state facilities to county facilities. But, as The California Report's Scott Shafer find out, many are worried that counties will soon face the same problems that have plagued state detention centers.

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