Lawyers Unable To Reach New Deal Over Inmate Care In Arizona

Jan 14, 2020

Attorneys trying to renegotiate a settlement over health care in Arizona’s prisons say they’re unable to reach a new deal. 

Credit Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic

A judge will now decide whether to order more mediation sessions or toss the earlier agreement and schedule a trial.

The negotiations were ordered after the judge criticized the state’s failure to fulfill its promises to improve inmate care.

Attorneys for the inmates said Monday that they want a trial. The state is seeking more mediation.

Its failure to comply with the settlement led to a 2018 contempt-of-court finding against the then-corrections chief and a $1.4 million fine. A judge has threatened more fines.