SACRAMENTO --Gov. Jerry Brown's effort to eliminate or modify a court order to reduce prison overcrowding was rejected by federal judges Thursday.
The three judges issued a strongly worded decision that concluded by saying the state "will not be allowed to continue to violate the requirements of the Constitution of the United States."
The state prison system is under court oversight because judges say overcrowding has created conditions that violate the Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
The judges gave the state 21 days to submit a plan for how it will reduce the prison population to 137.5% of design capacity by the end of the year. The deadline was originally June, but the state received an extension.