Gov. Jerry Brown's administration disputes complaints that the governor's vocal legal challenges to orders to improve prison conditions has brought progress to a halt.
The federal court-appointed medical receiver in charge of prison healthcare filed a progress report Wednesday that said the result of remarks by top state officials that California has spent "too many resources and too much money" on prisons "has been to freeze and ossify" his own progress with the state.
Corrections officials responded late Wednesday with their own public statement.
"This latest filing from the receiver is less about the health of inmates and more about shifting blame," corrections spokeswoman Deborah Hoffman said in a written statement.
Medical receiver J. Clark Kelso in particular accused the state of refusing to comply with his May 1 directive to relocate some 3,200 inmates at risk of contracting valley fever at two Central California prisons, Avenal and Pleasant Valley.