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Report: California Prison Staff Didn't Deliberately Mislead | Black Voice News
Don Thompson | Contributor Sacramento, CA (AP) — A federal judge's special investigator reported Friday that California prison officials provided misleading data on inmate mental health care, but he concluded they did not do so deliberately. Former U.S. Attorney Charles Stevens substantiated many of the allegations in a 161-page whistleblower report last year by Dr. Michael Golding, the prison system's chief psychiatrist. Golding said top California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials systematically misrepresented that nearly every inmate was being seen by psychiatrists within time limits set by the court, when really fewer than half were being seen on time and some visits were delayed by months. "We find that that CDCR's reporting of data relating to its 'Timely Psychiatry Contacts' is misleading because it shows a higher level of compliance ... than it should," Stevens wrote in one of several similar findings. "We do not, however, find that CDCR intentionally