Officials claim progress at troubled Stockton prison

STOCKTON - Officials said on Tuesday progress is being made at the new Stockton prison and medical facility where sanitation and supply issues shut down admissions.

The California Health Care - Stockton has space for 1,700 inmates with serious medical issues. After the recent problems were discovered, the federal receiver overseeing the operation of the facility suspended new admissions. The current inmate population is just over 1,300.

"We're focusing on solving the issues. Until they're resolved we won't accept more patients," California Correctional Health Care Services Information Officer Liz Gransee said.

Inmates getting dialysis Tuesday were anxious to share their concerns about the operation of the facility.

"I feel they weren't ready to have us here," Inmate Mark Solomon said. "There are a lot of loose ends that haven't been done."

"We ain't getting supplies in the building, like soap," Inmate Jamisi Calloway said. "Supposed to have a knee brace, but they said there's no knee doctor here."

Prison information officer Lt. Lee Herron said the supplies issue has been taken care of and Gransee said consultants have been hired to determine the best staffing levels for the facility. She is hopeful the prison can start taking in new patients again in the next several weeks.

The prison and medical facility is the largest of it's kind in the country. It was built after a federal judge ruled California wasn't meeting constitutional levels for providing inmate care.


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