Report Gives Poor Grade To Mental Health Care In California’s Prisons
The whistleblower report by chief corrections psychiatrist Dr. Michael Golding was released by U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller and alleges that prison officials overruled psychiatrists and misrepresented how frequently inmates received proper care, according to The Associated Press.
Secret Report Says California’s Prison Care Is Deplorable
A federal judge Wednesday released a scathing internal report about psychiatric care inside California’s prisons that accuses the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation of providing care for inmates that is far below what has been mandated by decades of court fights. ... Lawyers for the state had fought to delay release of the document until an internal investigation could be done, but Mueller rejected that, and the document filed on the court docket Wednesday morning contains serious allegations about how inmates are being treated, including one incident where a psychotic inmate was not given medication and ended up ripping out her eye and swallowing it. (Stanton, 10/31)
The Associated Press:
Whistleblower Says California Prison Officials Misled Judge
Top California corrections officials are misleading a federal judge and attorneys representing inmates about the quality of mental health care behind bars, according to a report released Wednesday that cites a case where a woman received care so poor she plucked out her eye and ate it. The whistleblower report by chief corrections psychiatrist Dr. Michael Golding that was made public by U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller says prison officials overruled psychiatrists and misrepresented how often inmates were receiving proper care. (Thompson, 10/31)