STOCKTON – State officials will dedicate the recently constructed California Health Care Facility today, as it is in the final stages of preparing for the arrival of hundreds of medically ill inmates to the new Stockton prison.
The 54-building complex, at 7707 Austin Road, is the largest of the state’s 68 projects to address federal court orders that the prison system provide constitutional levels of dental, medical and mental health treatment to prisoners.
Over the past decade, these projects have cost the state $2 billion.
Despite these efforts and having shifted responsibility of certain felons to local jails through AB109, three federal judges have ordered the state to finish reducing the prison population.
The new Stockton prison hospital will absorb 1,722 inmates, a population made up of the sickest prisoners and those who require long-term care.
The $839 million facility has labs, a pharmacy, exam and treatment rooms, a dialysis clinic and therapy rooms.
It is creating about 2,400 jobs.
Today’s dedication starts at 10 a.m., with keynote speaker Jeffrey Beard, secretary of corrections and rehabilitation. A tour will follow showing a housing unit and parts of the diagnostic center, the dental clinic and dialysis units