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Outside the gates

Ruling against prison overcrowding

Last Monday, federal courts in San Francisco decided to reduce the nation's largest prison system by one-third.

The courts intend to cap the number of prisoners at about 101,000, a reduction of 55,000.

The judges encouraged the state to negotiate with inmates' lawyers to cut the prison population from 156,000, which is about double the system's capacity, within three years.