Twenty-nine out of 33 California State prisons are in compliance in providing quality dental care to inmates as part of a federal court order tied to a 2005 lawsuit, officials said today.
The suit filed by inmate, Carlos Perez, who is now at Centinela State Prison, alleged that the dental care provided by the state's prisons violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
A settlement was reached in 2006, according to a statement released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The prisons were audited by an outside group and are expected to conduct its review of the four remaining prisons in June, the statement reported.
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