Judge Could End Federal Oversight of California Prison Health Care

March 11, 2015

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson created a plan to end federal oversight of California’s health care in prisons, citing  improvements in the last nine years.

If all 34 state prisons pass an inspection by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, a court-appointed federal receiver then would act as a monitor for the transition, who could retake control if conditions decline. If the state manages to maintain control for a year, Henderson will consider ending the receivership.

In 2006, Judge Henderson established oversight after it was determined that, on average, one inmate died per week from medical malpractice or neglect. Judge Henderson declared that these conditions constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

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Organizations mentioned/involved: Prison Law Office
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