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Judge to end Calif. prison receiver
AP via SacBee ^
| DON THOMPSON, Associated Press
Posted on 01/17/2012 6:40:40 PM PST by SmithL
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- 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.
He praised the better conditions throughout the system, particularly noted during inspections of medical facilities by the prison system's independent inspector general.
"Significant progress has been made," Henderson wrote, citing the receiver's own report to the federal court last week. "While some critical work remains outstanding - most notably on construction issues - it is clear that many of the goals of the Receivership have been accomplished."
Gov. Jerry Brown's office issued a statement to The Associated Press, with the Democratic governor praising the decision.
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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: activisthudge; goldenstate; prison
Prison receiver J. Clark Kelso says medical parole would free funds for other state programs.
posted on 01/17/2012 6:40:45 PM PST
Henderson, Thelton Eugene
- Born 1933 in Shreveport, LA
Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U. S. District Court, Northern District of California
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on May 9, 1980, to a seat vacated by Cecil F. Poole; Confirmed by the Senate on June 26, 1980, and received commission on June 30, 1980. Served as chief judge, 1990-1997. Assumed senior status on November 28, 1998.
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1956
University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 1962
U.S. Army Corporal, 1956-1958
Attorney, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1962-1963
Private practice, Oakland, California, 1964-1966
Directing attorney, East Bayshore Neighborhood Legal Center, East Palo Alto, California, 1966-1969
Assistant dean, Stanford Law School, 1968-1977
Private practice, San Francisco, California, 1977-1980
Associate professor, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1978-1980
posted on 01/17/2012 6:42:30 PM PST
(If you reward certain behavior, don't be surprised if you see more of that behavior)
It's incredibly costly liberal boondoggles like this that are putting CA out of business.
"The state doubled the amount of money it spent on inmate health care over five years, to more than $15,000 per inmate annually.
"Spending controlled by the receiver increased from $948 million before the receiver was appointed to nearly $2.3 billion by 2008, according to the state Department of Finance."
posted on 01/17/2012 9:02:48 PM PST
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