SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A federal judge has rejected California’s call for an immediate end to federal oversight of medical care in state prisons, saying the state has yet to prove that it’s ready to retake control. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco instead proposed a gradual transition back to state control six years after he appointed a receiver to run inmate health care operations. He set no deadline in Wednesday’s ruling. Don Specter, director of the nonprofit Prison Law Office, which filed the lawsuit, says the transition could take a year or more. Henderson’s order came after Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration and inmates’ attorneys could not agree on ending a receivership that has cost taxpayers billions of dollars and forced a shift of lower-level criminals from state prisons to county jails.
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