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Court orders California prison population to be reduced by 9,600 inmates




An inmate is escorted from the new mental health treatment unit at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
An inmate is escorted from the new mental health treatment unit at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
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California will have to immediately release 9,600 inmates to comply with a court order issued four years ago. Prison overcrowding has left inmates without adequate dental and mental health care. 

Now, it's one thing for the federal judges to order Governor Jerry Brown to let them loose, but it's quite another to actually make it happen. Joining us with more is KPCC's state capital reporter Julie Small.