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CA: Coalinga state prison still falls short, grand jury reports

By Real Cost of Prisons Project (The Sentencing Project)

Coalinga state prison still falls short, jury reports Thursday, Apr. 09, 2009 By Eddie Jimenez / The Fresno Bee Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga is still plagued with crowding, inadequate medical care and concerns that inmates could be exposed to Valley fever, according to a Fresno County grand jury report issued Thursday. A grand jury report last year addressed the same problems and also issued the same recommendations. The most recent report said a visit by grand jurors in late September revealed that the prison, designed to hold 2,200 inmates, housed 5,191 inmates -- including some in a gymnasium. In addition, the Coalinga Regional Medical Center still does not have a secure medical wing for prisoners. Therefore, when inmates require hospitalization, they are driven a hour away to the Bakersfield Community Medical Center, where the prison contracts for 20 beds...continue to full post

Full post as published by The Real Cost of Prisons Weblog on April 10, 2009 (boomark / email).

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