Judge ends lawsuit over Calif. inmate dental care
Judge says conditions have improved in the seven years since the suit was filed
The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal judge has ended a lawsuit over poor dental care in California prisons, saying that conditions have improved in the seven years since the suit was filed.
Corrections Secretary Matthew Cate praised the decision Wednesday as another sign of progress in the troubled prison system.
U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White of San Francisco dismissed the case on Monday at the request of attorneys representing the state and inmates.
"A comprehensive system is now in place to ensure that inmate-patients receive constitutionally adequate dental care," the order says.