Evan Halper and Paige St. John
August 3, 2013
In a major setback for Gov. Jerry Brown, the U.S. Supreme Court on
Friday declined to block a court order that he release 9,600 inmates
from state prisons, moving California a step closer to relocating or
freeing those prisoners by the end of the year.
The state can still pursue its appeal — and the administration vowed
to do so. But the court’s 6-3 vote was a disappointment for Brown, who
had launched a political crusade against a three-judge panel that has
consistently ruled that overcrowded prison conditions violate the rights
The panel has ordered Brown to bring the number of inmates in its prisons down to 112,164 by the end of the year.