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County hospital to add secure unit for prisoners

County officials approved a $2 million contract Tuesday to build a secure unit for patients from the state prison system receiving treatment at San Joaquin General Hospital.

The state will foot the bill to remodel a 25-bed medical-surgical unit in the east wing of the hospital as part of a legal settlement stemming from a local challenge to a plan to build a large prison medical facility on the southeast outskirts of Stockton.