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Porterville Developmental Center

26501 Avenue 140 Porterville, CA 93258

The Porterville center in Tulare County is a long-term care institution and correctional facility, housing more than 200 developmentally disabled inmates who have been convicted of a crime or are awaiting trial. It's built on 600 acres surrounded by orchards and opened in 1953.

An example from state records

On Aug. 5, 2010, a 32-year-old female patient with mild mental retardation attempted to strike an employee outside a residential unit. The employee responded by grabbing the patient's hair and pulling her into a residential building. In an interview later, the patient told a state Department of Public Health inspector that the Porterville employee threatened her, saying, "I'm going to kick your (expletive), you stupid (expletive)." See citation.

Abuse reports at Porterville

The abuse rate remained fairly steady at Porterville from 2006 to 2010. The rate of unexplained injuries has increased since 2006.*

Substantiated abuse Unexplained injuries

Porterville population

More than 200 of Porterville's patients were assigned to the center by the courts after being charged with or convicted of a crime, with a large segment of the center operating more like a prison than a care facility.

*The state's Health Facilities Consumer Information System came into its current form in 2008, and it's unclear if the data are complete before then.

Sources: California Department of Public Health, Health Facilities Consumer Information System

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Ryan Gabrielson.

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