Supreme Court Rejects Brown's Final Prisons Appeal

California Governor Jerry Brown and state Corrections officials have lost their final bid to overcome a federal court order on prison overcrowding.

The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the state's appeal Tuesday morning as lacking jurisdiction. 

That leaves in place a January 2014 deadline requiring the state to reduce its prison population to a threshold set by three federal judges.

"The Supreme Court’s Order dismissing California’s latest appeal of the 3 Judge Court’s Orders is a strong affirmation and message to the State: Your prisons are still dangerous and broken," says plaintiffs' attorney Michael Bien in a statement.

Corrections officials and inmates' attorneys are currently taking part in court-ordered discussions on how the state can comply.  They're looking at how California could take long-term actions to rehabilitate prisoners instead of increasing capacity by contracting with private and out-of-state facilities.

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