A near $900 million project designated to provide long-term care to prisoners in California will begin operating shortly following a dedication this week, local reports confirm.
The 1.2 million-square-foot California Health Care Facility, located outside of Stockton, California, spans 200 acres and will provide long term care services such as medical and mental health care to 1,700 state inmates.
The plans included diagnostic and treatment centers, as well as protections including a 13-foot electrified fence and 24-hour patrol, and will add thousands of jobs to the local and state economy.
The project is the result of a state mandate that required health care issues among inmates to be addressed by this year. It has been the topic of controversy statewide, according to a report by the Associated Press that outlines support as well as opposition to the level of care provided to inmates.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker