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Jul 15, 2013 6:16 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Calif. governors back delaying release of inmates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Four former California governors are backing a request by Gov. Jerry Brown to delay the release of nearly 10,000 prison inmates by year's end.

The four living governors sent their request Monday to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who oversees appeals from western states.

Pete Wilson, George Deukmejian, Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger argue in their friend of the court brief that crime could increase if the state is forced to free more inmates.

They want Kennedy to halt the releases until the justices can consider the state's appeal of a lower court. The lower court says reducing prison crowding is necessary to improve care for sick and mentally ill inmates.

The 12-page brief was filed through the Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, which generally supports victims' rights.

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