Central Valley prison's medical care gets passing grade

California Correctional Institution houses more than 3,600 inmates about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.
California Correctional Institution houses more than 3,600 inmates about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Inspectors are giving a passing grade to medical services at a Central Valley state prison.

California's inspector general reported Tuesday that California Correctional Institution is providing adequate care. It says in a report that inmates generally receive appropriate and timely treatment, although emergency services are inadequate.

The prison houses more than 3,600 medium- and maximum-security inmates near Tehachapi, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

It's the sixth prison to receive an adequate grade since the inspections started last year.

As one result, a federal court-appointed receiver returned control of medical care at Folsom State Prison to the state corrections department in July.

Inspections found sub-standard care at three other state prisons despite a decade of federal control.

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