Published Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | 10:32 a.m.
Updated Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | 10:32 a.m.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal judges are giving California two more years to meet a court-ordered inmate population cap.
But in doing so, they are appointing a compliance officer who will release inmates early if the state fails to meet interim benchmarks or the final goal.
The order on Monday from a three-judge panel delays an April deadline to reduce the population to about 112,164 inmates.
California remains more than 5,000 inmates over a limit set by the courts, even though the state has built more prison space and used some private cells.
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration says it can reach the court-mandated level by February 2016 by expanding a Stockton medical facility, paroling elderly and incapacitated inmates, and increasing good-time credits for some nonviolent offenders.
The judges call those plans the least intrusive possible remedy to the overcrowding problem.