Last week the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation asked a federal judge to return control of prison medical facilities to the state, claiming that sufficient improvements had been made to guarantee inmates health care of a quality in compliance with constitutional requirements.
The Department says in a court filing that it has the “will, capacity, and leadership to maintain a sustainable system of providing constitutionally adequate medical health care.”
When the Office of the Inspector General, which is responsible for evaluating the quality of medical acre in state prisons, performed a round of compliance inspections between September 2008 and June 2010, it issued the state an overall score of 72, denoting “low adherence” to acceptable standard. Twenty-four of the state’s 33 prisons received a low score, with nine receiving “moderate adherence” rankings of between 75 and 85. No facilities scored 85 or higher, which indicates a high adherence to constitutional standards.
A second round of inspections was completed in December, and findings have been reported from 28 of the 33 prisons thus far.
The state says it has shown significant improvement, with http://cdcrtoday.blogspot.com/2012/05/medical-care-in-state-prisons-is.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CDCRToday+%28CDCR+Today%29">a recent release showing the state’s overall score having improved to 80.2.
Locally, the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility received an initial score of 68 when it was inspected in 2009, and a 73 upon re-inspection in 2011. The current score qualifies it as the lowest-ranking prison in the state with regard to inmate medical care.