California Objects to Moving Inmates Because of Fungus

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California officials say it's premature to move more than 3,000 inmates out of two state prisons until more is known about an airborne fungus that is being blamed for nearly three-dozen inmate deaths.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed last week to study problems with valley fever at Avenal and Pleasant Valley state prisons.

The state said in a court filing Monday night that a federal judge should wait for the centers' recommendations before enforcing an order last week by the federal official who controls prison medical care.

The federal receiver says more black, Filipino and medically risky inmates have contracted the illness, and that has led to orders that the state exclude them from the prisons.

That would mean moving about 40 percent of the 8,200 inmates at the two prisons.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
KOLO-TV 4850 Ampere Drive Reno, NV 89502
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 206376241 - kolotv.com/a?a=206376241
Gray Television, Inc.