AP Exclusive: Calif. prisons spend big on anti-psychotics for inmates; fear of lawsuits cited

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — While under federal court oversight, California’s prison mental health system has been spending far more on anti-psychotic drugs than other states with large prison systems.

Figures compiled by The Associated Press through a state Public Records Act request show that California has been spending a far greater percentage on anti-psychotic medication for inmates than other states with large prison systems.

While the amount has been decreasing in recent years, anti-psychotics still account for nearly $1 of every $5 spent on pharmaceuticals purchased for the state prison system.

The spending level has raised concerns about whether patients are receiving proper treatment.

J. Clark Kelso, the court-appointed authority in charge of buying prison pharmaceuticals, concluded that California’s inmate mental health professionals appear to overmedicate their patients.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

blog comments powered by Disqus