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Judge supports end to federal oversight of prison healthcare, with some conditions

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California Prison Health Care Services

The federal receiver spent $135 million on a new San Quentin Health Facility, as part of system wide improvements.

Federal District Judge Thelton Henderson released an order Wednesday regarding California's plan for getting its prison medical system out from under federal receivership. The big question was whether Henderson would allow the transition to happen before the receiver's full turn-around plan had been put in place. According to KPCC's Julie Small, who has followed the prison medical care issue closely, the order supports the state's plan, but with a few conditions. First, the state will have to demonstrate as good or better prison health care as the receiver has provided. Second, the state will have to finish infrastructure improvements. And the state will have to institutionalize the receivers's changes to prison healthcare in state law, regulations and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation operations manual.