A one-paragraph order pushes the reduction deadline back to February. That will allow a court-appointed mediator more time to seek agreement on HOW the state should reduce prison overcrowding.
Senator Darrell Steinberg calls it "a good sign," hoping it will move the system away from spending millions of dollars on additonal facilities,
"...instead to invest in evidence based practices for mental health, substance abuse reentry to reduce the unacceptable recidivism rate."
The state remains under a federal court order to limit the prison popluation by almost ten-thousand inmates, with the alternative being to spend $315 million on private prisons and county jails.
The court ordered the mediator to provide a mid-Novmeber update on the negotiations.