Report 2013-120 Recommendation 6 Responses

Report 2013-120: Sterilization of Female Inmates: Some Inmates Were Sterilized Unlawfully, and Safeguards Designed to Limit Occurrences of the Procedure Failed (Release Date: June 2014)

Recommendation #6 To: Correctional Health Care Services, California

Until such time as the Receiver's Office implements a process for obtaining inmate consent for sterilization under Title 22 that complies with all aspects of the regulations, it should discontinue its practice of facilitating an inmate's consent for sterilization in the prison and allow the general acute care hospital to obtain an inmates consent.

6-Month Agency Response

On September 12, 2014, a memorandum was sent to all medical staff working in CDCR institutions directing them to defer the consent process to the community hospital. The memorandum further directs institutions to request the community hospital surgeon who will be performing the procedure personally obtain consent from the patient. (See Attachment #3)

  • Completion Date: September 2014
  • Response Date: December 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Fully Implemented


60-Day Agency Response

Proposed Action Plan:

Develop a memorandum to instruct all medical staff to discontinue the practice of facilitating inmate's consent for sterilization and defer to the community hospital.

Status/Comments:

A memorandum is being drafted and once approved will be sent to all medical staff working in CDCR institutions to discontinue the practice of facilitating inmate's consent for sterilization and deferring the consent process to the community general acute care hospital.

  • Estimated Completion Date: September 2014
  • Response Date: August 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


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Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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