State regains control of Central Valley prison's health care
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.