Judge orders removal of inmates from CA prisons with fungal outbreaks

As reported on June 24, 2013 by the L.A. Times:

California has lost another federal court decision: a judge on Monday ordered the state to move inmates at risk of contracting valley fever out of two prisons afflicted with the deadly fungus.

The order late Monday by U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson gives the state seven days to begin the transfers and 90 days to complete them. Several thousand inmates, including African Americans, Filipinos and those with diabetes and HIV, are covered by the order affecting Pleasant Valley and Avenal state prisons. […]

Henderson’s order is critical of the state’s handling of valley fever outbreaks within its prisons, during which 36 prisoners with the fever have died over the last six years. The judge’s order says California officials “clearly demonstrated their unwillingness to respond adequately to the healthcare needs of California’s inmate population.” Henderson adds that is “particularly ironic given Defendants’ insistence in other court filings that they are now providing a constitutional level of care.” […]

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See The S.F. Chronicle‘s coverage of this story here.

Download Judge Henderson’s order here.