Admissions halted at Stockton prison

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Admissions have been halted at the state prison in Stockton amid reports that the medical facility is beset by problems including inadequate supplies and unsanitary conditions.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1dqrhir ) a court-appointed medical receiver last week ordered no new prisoners be brought to the 6-month-old California Health Care Facility. He also put on hold the opening of a 1,100-bed wing for mentally ill inmates.

Receiver Clark Kelso told federal officials that an outbreak of scabies likely stemmed from an inability to provide adequate hygiene supplies.

The Times says an inspection team sent in by prisoners' lawyers found that nurses failed to promptly answer call buttons in the outpatient unit. Inmates told the inspectors of a bleeding prisoner who died after nurses disregarded his repeated attempts to summon help.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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