Gov. Jerry Brown has become very creative and courageous this time around. Yet it is shocking to hear him characterize the healthcare in California prisons as the best medical and mental health care of any prison system in the nation.
Does that mean other states have more than 40-50 prisoners dying each year from preventable causes? He also says that our care exceeds constitutional standards, although the U.S. Supreme Court found otherwise when it ruled that overcrowding made it impossible for the state to deliver constitutional levels of care.
The fact that courts have repeatedly ruled in favor of the prisoners, thereby generating fees for the attorneys, is a reflection of how bad the system really is, not of how greedy the lawyers are. The easiest way to lower these costs to taxpayers is to implement the decisions.
-- Laura Magnani , San Francisco
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