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Second prison passes health care inspection as California seeks to end federal medical control

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SACRAMENTO, California — The state inspector general has given a second California prison a passing grade on health care, allowing federal officials to consider returning control to the state.

The inspector general said Wednesday that it rated overall care at the Correctional Training Facility in Soledad as adequate.

It's the second such inspection since March. U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco at that time outlined a way for California to end nearly a decade of federal control of its prison medical system.

The state can regain responsibility for medical care for the prison's 5,000 inmates if a court-appointed receiver agrees the prison is providing acceptable care.

If all 34 adult prisons pass inspection, Henderson will consider ending his oversight.

Folsom State Prison passed inspection in April.

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