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CA request to take over inmate health care denied
San Francisco Chronicle

A federal judge rejected a request by California prison officials Wednesday to regain control of inmate health care, which has been under court-supervised receivership for six years, and said the state must first show it can provide adequate medical treatment. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco appointed a receiver to manage health care at California’s 33 prisons in February 2006, saying the lack of proper care was killing an average of one inmate a week, and overall conditions violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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