Prison Health Crisis Persists in California

By , December 17, 2009 5:09 pm

Three years into government control of California's prison health care system, prisoner deaths are dropping, but preventable deaths are still too high. And one report pins some of the blame for the crisis on uncontrolled overtime for prison nurses, who were more likely to earn overtime than any other state employees in 2008.

The Sacramento Bee reports that California spent $60 million on overtime for nurses in 2008, and another $111 million for the guards that protect medical workers during procedures. All of this in a year when 66 prisoners died of afflictions that could have been prevented or treated had they been diagnosed.

via Prison Health Crisis Persists in California | Criminal Justice |

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