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California prisons to start releasing nonviolent inmates

Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "non-serious" crimes to county jails.

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Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. California is trying to address court-ordered reductions in overcrowding with a plan to shift thousands of those convicted of "non-serious" crimes to county jails.

The state of California has until 2016 to bring down the number of inmates, thanks to a federal court order. Now some nonviolent prisoners are being set free. 

LA Times reporter Paige St. John joins the show to talk about the latest news on this issue. 


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