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Jun 22, 1:02 PM EDT

California regains control of medical care at 2 more prisons


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California is regaining responsibility for providing medical care at two state prisons at opposite ends of the state after a decade of reforms.

A federal court-appointed receiver on Wednesday gave the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation control of inmate health care at Centinela and Pelican Bay state prisons.

Centinela has nearly 3,600 inmates in Imperial, about 120 miles east of San Diego near the Mexican border.

Pelican Bay houses about 2,200 inmates in Crescent City, 355 miles north of San Francisco near the Oregon border. It is known for segregating the state's most serious criminals in its Security Housing Unit.

The receiver has now given up controlling operations at six of the state's 34 prisons since last year. The others are in Blythe, Folsom, Soledad and Tehachapi.

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