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Key Democrats seek to delay Calif. prison order

Posted: August 28, 2013 10:47 a.m.
Updated: August 28, 2013 10:47 a.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats who control the state Senate have devised their own plan to comply with a federal court order to lower California's prison population, greatly complicating a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown announced the day before.

The governor wants to move inmates to private prisons and vacant county jail cells at an estimated cost of $765 million over two years. Spending that money requires legislative approval.

The Democratic Assembly speaker is on board, but the Democrats who control the Senate are not. On Wednesday, they released their own proposal that rejected both the early release of inmates and spending any more money to house prisoners elsewhere.

Instead, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg says he wants a three-year extension of the year-end deadline set by the federal courts to lower the population by 9,600 inmates.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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