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Center for Investigative Reporting Uncovers Abuse at California Developmental Centers

Watch Complete Episode: February 24, 2012 »

Hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer from developmental disabilities like cerebral palsy, severe autism and mental retardation. Some 1,800 of California's most severely disabled are cared for at state-run facilities with around-the-clock supervision. But while the state spends about $300,000 a year on each patient, The Center for Investigative Reporting has uncovered a pattern of abuse and neglect, sometimes leading to death, and a failure to hold staff and administrators accountable.

 

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California Election Watch 2014: The Voter Guide

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