Stockton Record — Six men, three from a state prison in Lancaster and three from a state prison in Salinas, arrived Monday at the California Health Care Facility.
The inmates were transferred in restraints, wearing either blue or orange jumpsuits and carefully guarded. They were headed for brightly lit, modern mental health housing units. And, just like that, California’s massive prison health care facility southeast of Stockton went from construction site to a functioning hospital.
By Friday, the inaugural six will be joined by 24 additional inmate patients, and a five-month “activation schedule” will be under way.
By mid-December, there will be 1,722 adult physically and mentally ill prisoners, all men, at the facility.