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Jun 20, 2013 3:35 PM by Associated Press

Judges: Brown must fully comply with prison order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A panel of federal judges has rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's attempt to circumvent its long-standing order for reducing California's prison population.

Thursday's ruling from the three-judge panel was expected, and the governor already has filed notice that he intends to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

At issue is how far the state must go in reducing its inmate population to meet a previous court order to improve medical and mental health treatment. The courts have said overcrowding is the main cause of substandard care.

The plan Brown submitted to the court in May fell 2,300 inmates short of the judges' goal. Thursday's ruling says he must comply with the original order to reduce the population to 110,000 inmates by year's end, partly by expanding good-time credits for early release.

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