Calif. to ask US high court to reject inmate order

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has filed notice that it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to again weigh in on the long-running prison population case.

It wants the high court to reject a lower court order requiring California to reduce its prison population by an additional 9,000 inmates by year’s end. The Democratic governor had promised to appeal.

The state filed its three-page notice of appeal Monday, about a month after federal judges threatened to cite Brown with contempt if he fails to comply with a previous order upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.

California is required to reduce its prison population to about 110,000 inmates but remains about 9,300 inmates over the limit.

Brown has said further inmate reductions are expensive, unnecessary and dangerous to the public.

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