Calif. Prison Receiver Spending in Question

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A federal receiver appointed to improve inmate healthcare dramatically increased spending in California’s prisons but has so far failed to improve conditions for sick and injured convicts, a state Assembly committee has concluded.

More than $82 million was spent to plan construction projects that were largely abandoned, which was only a fraction of the amount charged to California taxpayers, according to the report by the Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review.

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Judges Order Massive Calif. Inmate Release

SAN FRANCISCO — California must release tens of thousands of inmates to relieve dangerous overcrowding in state prisons and improve substandard healthcare and conditions, according to a special three-judge federal panel.

The order would cap the state prison population at 120 percent to 145 percent of design capacity, which would require 37,000 to 58,000 inmates to be released.

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