Medical Care Deemed Acceptable at Fourth State Prison

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The state inspector general says a fourth California state prison has legally adequate health care.

The announcement on Monday opens the door for federal officials to consider returning control of medical care at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison to the state corrections department. The prison is in Blythe, 225 miles east of Los Angeles.

The state can regain responsibility for medical care for 1,800 medium-security inmates if a federal court-appointed receiver agrees Chuckawalla is providing acceptable care.

Prisons in Folsom, Norco and Soledad previously received passing grades after a decade of federal control.

The receiver returned responsibility for medical care at Folsom State Prison to the state in July.

However, an inspection last month found care at California Correctional Center in Susanville remains inadequate.

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