- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal appeals court says California cannot apply a state law denying certain prison inmates credit for good behavior retroactively.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday extending the law to inmates whose crimes preceded it would result in an unconstitutional extension of their prison terms.

At issue are credits for good behavior that prison officials apply to inmates’ sentences, allowing them to get out earlier.

In 2010, the state no longer allowed prison-gang members and associates in solitary confinement units known as security housing to earn such credits.

Antonio Hinojosa, a security housing inmate, was convicted before the state changed the law. He challenged its retroactive application, which pushed back his minimum release date by a year.

Prison officials did not immediately have comment.

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