Lawyers Want State To Cover Costs Of Monitoring Inmate Care

Dec 31, 2019

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. 

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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.