Ordered by federal judges to free 46,000 prisoners to relieve overcrowding, Gov. Schwarzenegger sought the top court's intervention. The case will be heard this fall and a ruling is expected early next year.
Agreeing to hear an appeal from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether the state can be forced to release 46,000 inmates — more than one-fourth of its prison population — to relieve overcrowding.
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