Deal Called Imminent On CA Prison Health Care



California corrections officials and the prison system’s medical care receiver have reached the outlines of an agreement to build two new long-term health care facilities for inmates for $1.9 billion, reports the Sacramento Bee. If the two sides can craft the memo of understanding that they say is imminent, it would represent a significant step toward ending the federal oversight of prison medical care in California that has created a constitutional crisis.

“That’s certainly something I believe we can finalize with this deal,” federal receiver J. Clark Kelso said in a joint telephone press conference with corrections secretary Matt Cate. In spite of the legal rhetoric that has heated up various courtrooms, Kelso and Cate said they have been working behind the scenes toward striking a deal that they say would improve inmate health care and bring the state into constitutional compliance

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