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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California already has begun to comply with a federal court order to reduce its prison count by 9,600 by the end of December.

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Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City (credit: Los Angeles Times)

State contracts with Corrections Corp. of America to continue to house 9,000 inmates in out-of-state prisons were extended, although the contracts are not yet funded by the Legislature.

In court filings this week the state said that a process to begin identifying thousands of inmates who are near the end of their prison terms and are at the lowest risk of committing new crimes if released early would be finished in two weeks.

The complicated task of recalculating the sentence reductions that inmates have earned for good behavior and completing prison rehabilitation programs also has begun.

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