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End To California Prison Healthcare Receivership In Works

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 30, 2012

The court-appointed receiver overseeing California's prison healthcare system - J. Clark Kelso - says his job is about 80% complete.

"I'm looking forward to the sort of last phase here where we can figure out with the state and with the plaintiffs' attorneys how do we bring the receivership part of this to a close."

One of those plaintiffs' attorneys is Don Specter with the Prison Law Office. Specter says Kelso has done a lot to bring care at prisons up to constitutional standards. But the job's far from over.

"In some prisons there aren't enough doctors. In some prisons there aren't enough treatment rooms. This is still a system which is not up to par."

Earlier this month, a federal judge told state officials to begin preparing for an end to Kelso's role as a receiver. Kelso says before that happens, the state must keep its promise to spend more than $2 billion for new medical facilities.

"We know we have to improve some facilities at pretty much every prison. We can't have guys being given treatment in hallways and that's going to cost some money."

…money Kelso says that's already been appropriated.

Kelso says he's in talks with state corrections officials and inmate advocates and hopes to come to an agreement on how much more construction needs to be done.

Listen to J. Clark Kelso interviewed on Capital Public Radio's Insight program.

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