California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to spend $315 million from state reserves this year to meet a federal court order to reduce overcrowding in the state's prisons.

The announcement came three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Brown's bid to delay a lower court's order to shrink California's prison population to 137.5% of designed capacity by Dec. 31. Without added space, Brown had said the state would be forced to release almost 10,000 inmates.

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