San Quentin a 'refugee camp'

April 14, 2005 at 2:25 PM
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SACRAMENTO, April 14 (UPI) -- A court-appointed group of medical experts declared California's San Quentin prison a "decrepit" facility that poses a major risk to public health.

Thousands of inmates live in conditions resembling a refugee camp, and several have died from medical conditions that went untreated, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Two doctors and a nurse produced a 53-page report based on inspections conducted earlier in the year for U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson, saying San Quentin is "so old, antiquated, dirty, poorly staffed, poorly maintained with inadequate medical space and equipment and overcrowded" that the entire facility needs a major overhaul.

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