A federal court in Sacramento released a report compiled by Dr. Michael Golding, chief psychiatrist for California state prisons, on Wednesday, October 31. According to the Sacramento Bee, “The chief psychiatrist for California’s prison system is accusing state officials of providing inaccurate and misleading data to a federal court and to lawyers for prison inmates fighting to improve psychiatric care inside state prisons, according to court documents.” Names of inmate patients and corrections employees have been redacted from the version of the report released to the public.
The redacted Golding report, exhibits and declaration are available here:
In an article on October 10, 2018, Prison psychiatry chief’s report accuses state of misleading court on mental health care, the Bee quotes RBGG’s Michael Bien, lead counsel for the 30,000 California state prison inmates who need mental health care, on the significance of this development. “’There’s a fundamental trust issue here,’ Bien said, adding that the report indicates Golding visited state prisons with a team and determined that the data being issued by CDCR did not mesh with what he was seeing on the ground. ‘He’s alleging they played around with how they counted things and they played around with time frames.’”