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More fines sought against Arizona in suit over inmate care

Posted at 12:56 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 15:57:11-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Attorneys challenging the quality of health care in Arizona prisons want more contempt-of-court fines against the state for failing to file monthly reports documenting its noncompliance with a settlement requiring improvements to inmate care.

The request marks the third major attempt since October 2017 to fine the state in the lawsuit.

Corrections Director Charles Ryan was found in contempt and the state was fined $1.4 million in June 2018 for failing to adequately improve inmate care.

Nearly two months ago, a judge threatened as much as $1.6 million in additional fines after concluding the state remains noncompliant with many elements of the settlement.

The inmates are seeking a fine $10,000 for each day that the state fails to provide the reports on noncompliance.

The Department of Corrections declined to comment.