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CA wants control of prison mental healthcare

CBS Sacramento / Associated Press, March 25, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly two decades after a court takeover of California's prison mental health system, a federal judge is set to consider this week whether the billions of dollars invested by California taxpayers have improved conditions enough that he can return control to the state. Gov. Jerry Brown argues that the state has done enough to improve inmates' care. Yet inmates' attorneys and the court's own supervisors say conditions remain so poor that they still violate prisoners' basic rights.