Arizona Department of Corrections

A federal judge who has criticized Arizona's persistent noncompliance with a settlement requiring improvements to health care for prisoners has ordered lawyers for the state and inmates to decide whether they want to throw out the 5-year-old deal and instead bring the case to trial.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Governor Doug Ducey has appointed a new director to oversee Arizona's prison system. Ducey announced Monday that David Shinn has been appointed as the new head of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

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Lawyers are scheduled to make arguments on Sept. 24 in the appeal of a contempt-of-court ruling against Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan for failing to follow through on promises to improve health care for prisoners.

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The state of Arizona is urging a judge not to impose more contempt-of-court fines in a lawsuit over health care for prisoners.

Attorneys challenging the quality of health care in Arizona prisons are seeking another round of contempt-of-court fines against the state for failing to file monthly reports documenting its noncompliance with a legal settlement that requires improvements to inmate care.