“The prison emergency is over,” Gov. Jerry Brown said in a press conference Tuesday morning. “After decades of work, the job is now complete.” The governor has issued an executive order ending a state of emergency that allowed California to transfer thousands of prisoners involuntarily out of state. With the order lifted, those prisoners may return to California.

Gov. Jerry Brown is challenging a federal court order to continue easing prison overcrowding. He filed court documents late last night arguing that efforts to reduce prison populations have already succeeded and don’t need to go any further.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing and editing stories for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years (more than we can count) producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. Her work has been honored for many awards. Most recently she was a finalist for "Best Topical Reporting" from the Online News Association. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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