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California Prison Health Care Improves; Contract Prisons Lag
California Healthline

California’s prison health care system has continued to improve, but the same progress has not been made at the contract prisons that house the state’s overflow inmate population, according to a new report, the Los Angeles Times‘ “PolitiCal” reports.

Court-appointed federal receiver J. Clark Kelso filed the report Monday with the three judges who oversee the state’s prisons (St. John, “PolitiCal,” Los Angeles Times, 6/1).


In 2006, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson ruled that federal oversight of the state’s prison health care system was needed after determining that an average of one inmate per week died as a result of medical malpractice or neglect.