The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 18, 2012
Read the court order mandating wind-down of prison receiver

In case you missed it, the Associated Press has reported that the receivership overseeing the state's prison medical system needs to begin winding down:

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered California officials to prepare for the end of a six-year, court-ordered oversight of the prison system that has cost taxpayers billions of dollars and helped force a shift of lower-level criminals from state prisons to county jails.

U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson cited improving conditions in the prison system in a three-page order that says "the end of the Receivership appears to be in sight."

The ruling marks an important milestone in a process that began nearly six years ago when the judge appointed a receiver to run California's prison medical system after finding that an average of one inmate a week was dying of neglect or malpractice. He cited inmate overcrowding as the leading cause, but said in Tuesday's order that conditions have improved.

... Henderson ordered Kelso, state officials and attorneys representing inmates to report by April 30 on when the receivership should end and whether it should continue some oversight role.

Here's Henderson's Tuesday order:
ORDER TO MEET AND CONFER RE: POSTRECEIVERSHIP PLANNING

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