Crime & Justice

Seventh California prison still providing poor medical care

California's inspector general says a seventh state prison still is providing inadequate medical care after 10 years of reforms intended to improve conditions.

Inspectors have found that more than a third of the 17 prisons inspected since last year are still providing poor care.

The latest is Ironwood State Prison, which houses nearly 3,300 minimum- and medium-security inmates in Blythe, 225 miles east of Los Angeles.

Inspectors reported Wednesday that they gave the prison failing grades in four of the 14 key benchmarks for the medical care it provides.

That's still much better than last week's scathing report that found Mule Creek State Prison failing in 13 of 14 areas.

Inspectors say health care providers at Ironwood often do a poor job of gauging the care that inmates need.