LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A panel of three federal judges ordered California on Thursday to ease overcrowding in state prisons by reducing the number of inmates by about 10,000 before the end of 2013, and criticized what they described as foot-dragging in dealing with the matter.
The ruling points to a 2009 court order to bring the prison population down to about 137.5 percent of its maximum capacity. Don Specter, an attorney for the plaintiffs in the case, said that would mean cutting the prison population to around 109,000 inmates from about 119,000 currently.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)
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