Now Scott Kernan, the undersecretary of operations for California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (i.e., the Department of Mass Incarceration), has issued a statement that pledges action! to address the problem. The money line:
"We anticipate fully resolving this problem by August 2012."For a chuckle, here's what a spokesman for the California Department of Public Health told me less than two weeks ago about the plans to build an arsenic treatment facility at the prison:
“Construction should start within 6 months and take 1 year for completion."That means, at the latest, the treatment facility should have been completed by February 2012. Now for some giggles, here's what the warden of the prison, a Mr. M.D. Biter, said in a memo issued last month:
"We anticipate resolving the problem by October 2012."And now for some belly laughs, here's what the previous warden, Anthony Hedgpeth, said in a memo issued back in 2008:
"We anticipate resolving the problem by June 2009."I anticipate having to write about this for . . . awhile.