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State regains control of Central Valley prison's health care

File photo of general population cells at Corcoran State Prison.
File photo of general population cells at Corcoran State Prison.
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California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at a fourth state prison as it works to end a decade of federal control.

A federal court-appointed receiver this week gave the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation control of inmate health care at California Correctional Institution.

The prison houses more than 3,600 medium- and maximum-security inmates near Tehachapi, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.

The receiver previously gave the state responsibility for medical care at prisons in Blythe, Folsom and Soledad.

A federal judge said last year that California must successfully operate all 34 adult institutions for a year before he considers ending a long-running class action lawsuit.

But the state inspector general has found that more than a third of the prisons he has inspected still provide inadequate care.