Federal medical receiver wants $8 billion for California prisons

Frustrated and showing signs of temper, California's prison medical receiver on Wednesday asked a federal judge to give him what the governor, the controller and the Legislature have not — enough money to fix the state's correctional health care crisis.

The bill will be $8 billion over five years, J. Clark Kelso said at his downtown Sacramento office. It would go toward building seven new chronic-care facilities to house 10,500 inmate patients and upgrading medical units at all 33 state prisons.

In the legal motion filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Kelso blasted ahead in what amounted to the receivership's boldest move yet in the 2 1/2 years since it was created by judicial mandate.

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