A panel of federal judges has extended California's deadline to cut its prison population until April 18.
The judges previously had moved the deadline to February while a court-appointed mediator works to find a long-term solution with Governor Jerry Brown's administration and attorneys representing inmates.
The one-paragraph order from the judges released Wednesday warns that they plan no further extension in the negotiations, "absent extraordinary circumstances.''
The state now faces the spring deadline to reduce the prison population to about 110,000 inmates. The state is pushing for a three-year delay in the court-ordered deadline to give rehabilitation programs time to work as an alternative to housing thousands of inmates in private prisons and county jails.