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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Inmate Care Is a Mess, Official Says

The state prison health system is wasteful, dysfunctional, dangerous and will defy any quick fix, a federal receiver's report says.

By Jenifer Warren
Los Angeles Times, CA

SACRAMENTO — The federal receiver assigned to fix healthcare in California prisons said Wednesday that the problems are far worse than he thought, with nearly every piece of the system either not working or in an "abject state of disrepair."

Receiver Bob Sillen said in a report that a federal judge probably will need to step in and suspend state laws, contracts and regulations that are hindering progress.


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