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Judge calls Arizona prison health care system 'corrupt'

Judge calls Arizona prison health care system 'corrupt'
Posted at 10:58 AM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 12:59:28-05

A federal judge incensed by recent news reports says he believes Arizona's prison health care system may be so "corrupt" that it can no longer be trusted.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports United States Magistrate Judge David Duncan on Wednesday read from a report by Phoenix's KJZZ detailing apparent efforts by health care contractor Corizon to subvert the monitoring system of various health care standards.

Duncan says he intends to find out for himself "how deep this evil goes."

Duncan will hear testimony Feb. 9 on the credibility of the report, including from Dr. Jan Watson, a doctor who worked in the Arizona Department of Corrections-Eyman Complex in Florence.

The KJZZ report included an email from a Corizon representative instructing Watson to cancel one of her patient's infectious disease consultations.

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Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com