Prison Reformer Loses Court Battle Over Inspections
A federal judge on Thursday denied a request by prison medical receiver Robert Sillen to eliminate an inmate rights group's monitoring status over health care in California's state prisons, the Sacramento Bee reports.
U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson in his ruling said that the relationship between Sillen and the Prison Law Office was "unseemly and seriously distracting." The office filed a lawsuit that resulted in Sillen's appointment as receiver.
Sillen in May said that "all those inspections" conducted at state prisons by the Prison Law Office interfered with his job to improve health care for inmates (Furillo, Sacramento Bee, 9/7).