Judge Threatens Arizona Prison Officials With Contempt For ‘Pervasive and Intractable Failures’

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A federal judge said Tuesday he is considering holding Arizona prison officials in contempt of court for their “pervasive and intractable failures” to abide by a 2014 agreement to improve care of inmates in the state prison system.

Three years ago, the Arizona Department of Corrections agreed to settle a federal class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) by taking steps to improve medical care inside its prisons. The lawsuit, filed in 2012, followed media investigations and persistent allegations of fatally inadequate medical care by the department’s medical provider, Corizon.

Prison officials have been accused of defying court orders and intimidating inmate witnesses as they resisted complying with the settlement. An increasingly exasperated U.S. Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan issued an order Tuesday calling on the department to show why it should not be held in civil contempt for failing to meet the guidelines and benchmarks

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