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Federal Oversight of Calif. Prison Medical System Can End
By californiahealthline.org/
Published: 01/18/2012

n Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson said that court-appointed federal oversight of California's prison health care system can end because the state has improved inmate care, Bloomberg reports (Pettersson, Bloomberg, 1/17).

Background

About six years ago, Henderson appointed a federal receiver to oversee the state's prison health care system after determining that an average of one inmate per week died as a result of malpractice or neglect.

In 2007, federal judges ruled that overcrowding was a leading contributor to poor prison care. Last May, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered California to reduce its inmate population to help improve medical care.

Since the federal receivership was created, the state has:

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