Many California Prison Deaths Preventable
A study of 32 California prisons has found that many deaths within the prisons may have been preventable. The report states that up to 1 in 6 deaths were needless. In many cases, inmates' complaints were not taken seriously and they were not given appropriate treatment in time to save their lives.
There were 426 deaths in 2006, including 43 suicides, and the study examined 381 of them.
Eighteen deaths were found to be preventable, meaning better medical management or a better system of care would have prevented deaths. An additional 48 were found to be "possibly preventable," meaning better medical management of a system of care might have prevented death.
Of the deaths considered preventable, six were from asthma, which receiver Robert Sillen said he intended to make a priority for reforms.