US overseer returns first prison to California's control

Jul 13, 2015 2:48 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California is beginning to regain responsibility for its prison health care system after nearly a decade of federal control and billions of dollars in improvements.

A court-appointed receiver on Monday returned medical care at Folsom State Prison to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the first step in ending a long-running lawsuit.

Receiver J. Clark Kelso decided that the department can now manage Folsom's health care system.

U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco said in March he will consider ending his oversight once all 34 adult prisons pass inspection.

The process, which is expected to take several years, started at Folsom after the state's inspector general found that adequate care is now provided to the prison's nearly 2,400 inmates.

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