Lawyers seek another $1.6M in suit over Arizona inmate care

PHOENIX - Lawyers challenging the quality of health care in Arizona's prisons are seeking $1.6 million in additional litigation costs for their work in enforcing a settlement that they say the state has repeatedly resisted.

The request comes after attorneys representing inmates have already been awarded $6.1 million.
    
The state paid $4.9 million to the prisoners' lawyers after settling the lawsuit and agreeing to improve inmate care.
    
They were awarded another $1.2 million for their efforts through July 2017 in enforcing the terms of the settlement after Corrections Director Charles Ryan was found in civil contempt of court for failing to adequately improve care for prisoners.
    
The state is appealing the order to pay $1.2 million in costs.
    
Department of Corrections spokesman Andrew Wilder declined to comment on the latest fee request.

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