(AP) - California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at a seventh state prison after a decade of reforms.
Thursday's decision by a federal court-appointed receiver means that control of inmate health care at 20 percent of the state's 34 adult prisons has now been returned to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
The latest is the Sierra Conservation Center, which houses about 4,200 minimum- and medium-security inmates in Jamestown, about 100 miles southeast of Sacramento. The prison trains many of the state's inmate firefighters.
The other prisons previously returned to state control are in Blythe, Centinela, Folsom, Pelican Bay, Soledad and Tehachapi.
A federal judge said last year that California must successfully operate all 34 adult prisons for a year before he considers ending a long-running class action lawsuit.