California has been given a bit more time to negotiate with plaintiffs in a lawsuit over prison overcrowding.
A three-judge federal panel has ordered the negotiations be extended until early January.
However, the ruling says this will likely be the last extension.
“We are encouraged that the court has extended these deadlines and we will continue our efforts both with the court and with our partners in law enforcement and local government to build upon California’s landmark reforms to our criminal justice system,” said Deborah Hoffman, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
California had been facing a deadline at the end of the year to reduce prison overcrowding. The judges said the state could either release inmates or find more space to house them. This latest order gives California until the middle of April to meet the population reduction guidelines.
Read the ruling here.