Porterville Developmental Center26501 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.
*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
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