Second California prison's medical care deemed inadequate

Oct 23, 2015 5:38 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Inspectors say medical services at a second California state prison are still inadequate after years of federal oversight.

The state inspector general reported Friday that patient care at North Kern State Prison remains below acceptable levels. The prison houses about 4,300 medium and minimum security inmates in Delano, about 30 miles north of Bakersfield.

The finding is the second setback for the state's efforts to regain control of the prison medical system.

In August, the inspector general found that care at California Correctional Center in Susanville also has inadequate health care.

Four other prisons previously received passing grades. That prompted a federal court-appointed receiver to return control of medical care at Folsom State Prison to the state corrections department in July.

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