Arseneic Levels High In Modern California Prison's Water

01/29/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Michael Rothfeld Los Angeles Times

Yet today, nearly three years after missing the government's deadline to reduce the arsenic levels, the state has no concrete plans or funding to do so. Officials spent $629,000 to design a filtration system and then decided not to build it, while neglecting to inform staff and inmates that they were consuming contaminated water.

After the prison finally posted notices last April on orders from the state Department of Public Health, the inmates continued drinking the water, under protest.

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