LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Jerry Brown and the state’s legislative leaders held a joint press conference Monday afternoon announcing a compromise agreement on efforts to avoid a federal court order that could unlock the state prison gates for thousands of felons this year.

“This is an unusual occasion because we have the leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties standing in support of an amended bill that will definitely comply with the court’s order regarding our prisons,” Brown said at the press conference. “But, it will do so, while opening up the possibility for a longer term plan that will be more efficient and more balanced.”

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