SACRAMENTO -- The federal receiver in charge of state prison healthcare has offered judges his own take on why crowding continues to be an issue.
In a federal brief filed Friday, J. Clark Kelso presented charts showing that prisons receiving the lowest scores in medical care from his office have average populations that are 55% above their designed capacity. Conversely, those with the best medical care scores averaged populations that were 34% over capacity.
"These numbers make it clear that overcrowding is still having a direct impact upon the ability to deliver quality healthcare," Kelso wrote.
His renewed opposition to California's quest for an end to prison population caps comes in response to the state's own objections that Kelso had included such opinions in his prison medical care status report to the courts.