Calif. Prison Realignment Plan Sparks Medical Care Concerns
The state has begun to shift supervision of newly released state prisoners to county probation agencies as part of its efforts to reduce prison overcrowding and cut costs. However, officials in Los Angeles and other counties are discovering that many of the inmates lack complete medical records and suffer from serious mental health issues. Officials warn that counties might not have the resources to provide adequate care to the former inmates.
- "State Convicts Arrive in L.A. County With Costly Mental Illnesses" (Gorman, Los Angeles Times, 1/8).