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Inspector General Says Inmate Health Care, Parole Programs Still A Problem

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Sacramento, CA — The corrections department´s inspector general says that despite repeated warnings, California prisons still do a poor job of keeping inmates healthy and preparing them to return to society.

A federal judge in February appointed an overseer to make changes to a health care system he says is broken beyond repair and killing an average of one inmate a week by neglect or malpractice.

Robert Sillen began overseeing the prison system Tuesday. He immediately toured San Quentin State Prison, the site of some of the most serious problems found by national experts.

A department spokeswoman says Sillen´s arrival is a big step in making the changes that the inspector general says need to be made.