U.S. District Court Judge Thelton E. Henderson, who presides over the Plata v. Brown court case, released his proposal May 30 for how and when to end the prison health-care receivership.
Henderson wrote that full completion of the Receiver’s health-care turnaround plan may not be needed if CDCR can demonstrate that a sustainable system is in place with assurances that unfinished projects, such as the health-care facility under construction in Stockton, will be completed.
The judge also proposes that the Receiver start formally returning some authority for health care to CDCR.
Judge Henderson has ordered the parties to submit their briefs in response to his proposal by June 29. Several news organizations – including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and KPCC – contacted CDCR for reaction. The department’s statement to all of them was: “Although we believe that the receivership is no longer necessary, we are encouraged that the court is directing the Receiver to start returning health-care authority back to the state.”