California plans to free 9,500 inmates over next 4 years

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California corrections officials say they are adopting new sentencing rules that aim to trim the state prison population by nearly 9,500 inmates after four years.

The regulations released Friday include steps like reducing sentences up to six months for earning a college degree and by up to a month each year for participating in self-help programs such as drug counseling.

The changes eventually would lower the prison population by about 7%, officials say.

Corrections Secretary Scott Kernan tells the Associated Press he expects the changes eventually will let California end long-running federal lawsuits targeting prison overcrowding and inadequate healthcare for inmates.


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