Federal Receiver to Look Into Prison Deaths

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Federal Receiver Robert Sillen says he needs more people to review medical care at out of state, private prisons.  Nearly 400 California inmates are housed at such facilities that contract with the state. 

“We’re going to have to hire some additional physicians, nurses and custody people to work under our jurisdiction to go to these out of state prisons and monitor them and make sure the inmates are being well taken care of…”

Sillen is looking into four deaths. A spokesman with Corrections confirms one at a private out of state contract facility. 

The other three were inmates who were serving terms through separate custody arrangements with other states.  However, a spokeswoman for Sillen says it is not clear yet what his role may be in following up on that medical care.  The state is planning to transfer thousands more inmates out of state to deal with overcrowding.