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Jan 8, 2013 2:09 AM by Associated Press

California debates future of corrections system

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Dueling court arguments mark the latest battle in a long-running dispute over California prison crowding that once reached the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration asked federal judges late Monday to modify their order capping the number of inmates that can be held in state prisons.

The state wants to house 6,000 more prisoners than what's allowed by the judges. Officials warn that if the request is rejected, potentially dangerous felons would have to be released early.

The cap was imposed after federal judges blamed crowding for causing conditions so dismal that they violated inmates' constitutional rights.

Officials planned to outline their options during a Tuesday news conference.

They argue that the state can provide constitutional conditions while housing more inmates than allowed by the courts.

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