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California’s budget woes thwart improvements to prison medicine

Today, California spends $1 billion more on medical care for inmates than it did in 2005 when a federal judge found that care so flawed that he seized control of the system and appointed a receiver to improve it. Prison officials say the problem’s now fixed – and it’s time to put them back in charge. But as KPCC reports, California’s prison medical system still lacks critical reforms.

To hear the secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Mathew Cate, tell it, California prisons now provide inmates with quality medical care.

“I invite you to go into any prison and walk into any of those medical facilities, and you tell me if it’s not just as good care as you’ll get at Blue Shield or Kaiser or anywhere else,” he said last year.

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