Series of Bills Could Challenge State’s Prison Realignment Goals
California legislators have proposed three bills that could challenge the state's prison realignment plan, which aims to reduce overcrowding to improve inmate health care, the Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert" reports (Gutierrez, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 3/8).
About six years ago, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson ruled that federal oversight of the state's prison health care system was neededÂ after determining that an average of one inmate per week died as a result of malpractice or neglect.
In January, Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) administration filed a request for a federal court to allow the state to regain oversight of the prison system. The request stated that California has reduced its inmate population and improved prison medical and mental health care.
However, a report issued late last month by Special Master Matthew Lopes said Brown's request to end federal oversight of the prison health system was premature (California Healthline, 2/21).
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