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More sunshine needed for state hospitals
Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown’s administration is to be commended for trying to turn around California’s long-troubled state hospital system. But improving state hospitals should not entail limiting the amount of legitimate information provided to the public.

More than 90 percent of the 6,000-plus patients in California’s five state hospitals have committed a criminal act, many of them violent. As the Legislative Analyst’s Office noted last month, violence directed toward patients and workers has been on the rise, averaging 23 incidents each day.