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California Governor Can Pursue Inmate Ballot Measure

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(AP) - The California Supreme Court says Gov. Jerry Brown can continue pursuing a plan to reduce the state's prison inmate population by releasing non-violent felons early while it considers a legal challenge.

The high court's five-paragraph order Wednesday means Brown's supporters can gather signatures to qualify a November ballot measure while the court decides whether the governor made improper, late additions to a proposed juvenile justice proposed proposition.

A Sacramento County judge last month had halted the qualifying process after the California District Attorneys Association filed the lawsuit. The prosecutors argue that a new proposed initiative is necessary to address the early release of adult inmates.

The high court didn't rule on the lawsuit's merits Wednesday, giving both sides until the end of the month to submit written legal arguments.