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Lawyers want state to cover costs of monitoring inmate care

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Posted at 7:06 AM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 09:06:39-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Attorneys challenging the quality of health care in Arizona's prisons want to force the state to cover all costs in monitoring whether the state is fulfilling its promises in a 2015 settlement to improve inmate care.

The lawyers are asking a judge to remove the settlement's $250,000 cap on the state's annual monitoring costs.

They say they have had to pick up $1.9 million in unreimbursed monitoring costs since 2015 due to the state's stubborn noncompliance.

The Department of Corrections declined to comment Monday on the request.