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  NCJ Number: NCJ 240740     Find in a Library
  Title: Providing Constitutional and Cost-Effective Inmate Medical Care
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Aaron Edwards
  Date Published: 04/2012
  Page Count: 28
  Annotation: This document from the California Legislative Analyst’s Office is a status report on the State’s efforts to provide constitutional and cost-effective medical care to inmates.
  Abstract: In 2006, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was found to be lacking in its ability to provide a constitutional level of medical care to its inmates. At this time, a Federal court appointed a Receiver to oversee the direct management and operation of the State’s inmate medical care program. In January 2012, it was found that enough progress had been made in the provision of inmate medical care to allow the transition for responsibility for managing the program back to the State to occur. This report provides information on four key points: a status update on the Receiver’s actions; a description of how these actions have impacted inmate medical care spending and outcomes; a discussion of the experiences of other States that have faced problems similar to California’s in delivering inmate medical care; and a set of recommendations for delivering a constitutional level of inmate medical care in the most cost-effective manner possible. The keys to delivering inmate medical care over the long-term includes independent oversight and evaluation, and delivering care cost-effectively. The report also presents information on recent proposals to improve inmate medical care which include establishing a prison health care authority, and partnering with the University of California to provide inmate health care.
  Main Term(s): Inmate health care
  Index Term(s): Inmate Programs ; Medical costs ; Inmates ; Costs ; Inmate health ; Corrections costs ; Inmate treatment ; California
  Sale Source: California Legislative Analyst
925 L Street
Suite 1000
Sacramento, CA 95814
United States of America
  Type: Best Practice/State-of-the-Art Review
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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