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California State Prisons Face Overcrowding Issues

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Inmates at the Mule Creek State Prison interact in a gymnasium that was modified to house prisoners August 28, 2007 in Ione, California

A panel of federal judges may soon issue an order outlining steps California must take to relieve prison crowding. 

The state has until mid-April to reduce the population by around 6,000 inmates. But Governor Jerry Brown wants more time. His reforms include increasing cell capacity, expanding parole eligibility and investing in substance abuse programs, so fewer felons return to prison.

The California Report's Michael Montgomery — in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting — says when it comes to providing treatment for prisoners, the state is struggling.


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