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Gov. Jerry Brown’s options dwindle

By Evan Halper and Paige St. John
August 2, 2013, 6:51 p.m.                                                                                             Los Angeles Times
 Prison release a step closerJohn Meeks, 46, incarcerated for a parole violation, shuffles cards at the state prison in Lancaster. Prison officials have already started to identify thousands of inmates who are near the end of their terms. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / June 10, 2010)

WASHINGTON — In a major setback for Gov. Jerry Brown, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to block a court order that he release 9,600 inmates from state prisons, moving California a step closer to relocating or freeing those prisoners by the end of the year.

The state can still pursue its appeal — and the administration vowed to do so. But the court’s 6-3 vote was a disappointment for Brown, who had launched a political crusade against a three-judge panel that has consistently ruled that overcrowded prison conditions violate the rights of inmates.

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