FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — California Inspector General’s Office says a flagship prison medical facility built to improve the state’s substandard care, is itself providing poor treatment.
A newly-released report gives an “inadequate” rating to the correctional health care facility in Stockton.
The state spent $820 million to build the 6-year-old facility, which holds nearly 3,000 inmates, needing medical and mental health care.
The goal was to centralize treatment of sick and mentally ill inmates, in part to lower the high cost of outside treatment.
About 4 of every 10 inmates there are considered to be at high medical risk.
Inspectors have given the facility failing grades on 8 of 10 indicators.
The federal receiver who controls prison medical care is not immediately commenting.