LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Layoff notices are being sent to more than 500 California prison employees. The inmate population has seen a drastic decrease thanks to a federal court order that demands lower level offenders be transferred to county jails.

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There are 14,000 fewer inmates than there were four months ago, according to corrections officials.

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The layoffs will take effect at the end of February.

Those affected may transfer to other California prisons that have openings.

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Another round of layoffs is expected this fall.