California corrections officials plan on trimming the state prison population by nearly 9,500 inmates.
According to CBS LA, officials say they are adopting new sentencing rules, including reducing sentences up to six months for earning a college degree and up to a month each year for participating in self-help programs like drug counseling.
This could potentially lower the prison population by about 7 percent.
The changes follow voters’ approval of Proposition 57 back in November. The initiative lets felons seek parole more quickly and gave corrections officials broad discretion to grant early release credits.