A panel of three federal judges overseeing California's prison overcrowding case today denied Gov. Jerry Brown's request for a stay of their order that the state immediately begin reducing inmate populations by nearly 10,000 inmates.
The state had sought a stay of the panel's June 20 inmate reduction order while it sought a different outcome before the U.S. Supreme Court.
But the three-judge panel rejected the request for a stay, reiterating their earlier finding that California has defied orders to reduce its inmate population to 137.5 percent of capacity by the end of this year.
The judges noted that the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011 upheld their finding that inmate populations had to be reduced to afford inmates proper access to health care and mental health services.
"After this long history of defendants' noncompliance, this court cannot in good conscience grant a stay that would allow defendants to both not satisfy the Population Reduction Order and re-litigate the Supreme Court's emphatic decision in the very case before us," today's order concluded.