Crime & Justice

State gains control of Los Angeles-area prison's health care

In this file photo, a low-risk inmate waits to be seen at the mental health treatment unit at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at an eighth state prison after 10 years of oversight — this one in Chino, just east of Los Angeles.
In this file photo, a low-risk inmate waits to be seen at the mental health treatment unit at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at an eighth state prison after 10 years of oversight — this one in Chino, just east of Los Angeles.
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California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at an eighth state prison after 10 years of oversight.

The federal court-appointed receiver who runs the inmate health care system on Friday gave the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation control over care at the California Institution for Men.

The prison houses nearly 3,800 minimum- and medium-security inmates in Chino, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles.

The state's inspector general reported in April that the prison is providing adequate care.

The other prisons previously returned to state control are in Blythe, Centinela, Folsom, Jamestown, Pelican Bay, Soledad and Tehachapi.

A federal judge said last year that California must successfully operate all 34 adult prisons for a year before he considers ending a long-running class action lawsuit.