Issues over inmate care in California may be heard by the High Court.
Wired PR News – A long-standing dispute over prison reform in the state of California may be taken to the Supreme Court. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), issues pertaining to the quality of inmate health care have led to a decades long battle between those advocating for the state to be held responsible for improving the mental and health care system for inmates, and those questioning the power of federal courts in regards to forcing states to shell out money for costly plans.
John Oakley, a professor at the University of California at Davis law school, is quoted as stating of the situation, “How far can you go to require officials to expend money to avoid violations?… It’s an extremely complex situation. You’ve got these touchy issues of state sovereignty.”
Many argue that proposals for reform go beyond ensuring that inmates receive a quality standard of care, and could put undue burdens on the state of California, which is currently dealing with increasing financial issues.
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