California prison receiver asks court to order $8b for prison health facilities Mike Rosen-Molina at 3:39 PM ET
[JURIST] California's court-appointed prison medical overseer J. Clark Kelso [official profile] has asked the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] to force the state to pay $8 billion over the next five years to improve prison hospitals, according to court papers filed Wednesday. Kelso has previously said that California prisons [JURIST news archive] need an influx of $7 billion to bring inmate healthcare up to constitutional standards, but that the state senate has been unwilling to authorize a bond to borrow money for the project. Kelso appealed to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] to use his emergency powers to raise the needed funds [JURIST report], but has more recently accused him of also failing to heed a federal order to secure the money. On Monday, Schwarzenegger himself filed a lawsuit [Mercury News report] seeking to reduce many state employees' pay to federal minimum wage in an effort to force legislators to meet budget deadlines. The San Francisco Chronicle has more.
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