The disgraceful stories about patient neglect, possibly even a fatality, out at Stockton’s prison hospital debunks what state prison officials told Stockton and Uncle Sam.
They told Stockton the facility would bring good, high-paying jobs. So far they have delivered jobs, but they can hardly be called good if employees are as inhumane and incompetent as the stories report.
They told Uncle Sam the prison facility would deliver care above the health care industry standard. Instead, admissions have been halted because they can’t get it together.
And that’s giving the benefit of the doubt. A skeptic might wonder if the state merely replicated in Stockton at great cost the same dysfunctional inmate medical system that landed it in federal receivership in the first place.