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Prison passes health care inspection as California seeks end to US control of prison care

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SACRAMENTO, California — Medical programs at Folsom State Prison are receiving a passing grade from the state inspector general, bringing the state one small step closer to regaining control of its prison health care system.

The inspection of the prison near Sacramento was the first since a federal judge last month outlined a plan for California to end nearly a decade of federal control.

The inspector general said overall care at Folsom was "adequate" on a scale that also includes "inadequate" and "proficient."

The state can regain responsibility for medical care at the prison if a court-appointed receiver agrees with the report released Wednesday.

If all 34 adult prisons pass inspection, U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco will consider ending his oversight.

The process is expected to take several years.

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