Court official says contract prisons offer poor health care

Jun 1, 2015 5:11 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A federal official says contract prisons in California are providing such poor health care that he questions Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to bring additional inmates back from private prisons in other states.

The federal receiver who controls the state's prison health care system says in a report Monday that there has been little progress in improving care for more than 4,000 prisoners at the seven facilities.

J. Clarke Kelso says one contract prison in McFarland did not have a doctor for more than a month.

The prisons are publicly and privately operated. The problems come as Brown plans to bring back about half the nearly 8,000 inmates who are currently housed out-of-state.

Kelso says that would likely increase the use of in-state contract beds, despite their declining care.

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