/ Modified feb 19, 2021 11:42 p.m.

Lawyers for Arizona inmates seek hearing in health care suit

The lawyers said Judge Roslyn Silver hasn’t held a status conference in the lawsuit since December 2018

360 303 sum prison wire A watchtower seen in the distance at the Florence State Prison.
AZPM Staff

Attorneys representing inmates in a settlement over health care in Arizona’s prisons have asked a federal judge to hold a hearing soon to discuss her threats to impose contempt-of-court fines against the state for not complying with the deal.

The lawyers said Judge Roslyn Silver hasn’t held a status conference in the lawsuit since December 2018. However, another judge assigned to mediate disputes in the case held a teleconference nearly six months ago to talk about compliance with the settlement during the pandemic.

The lawyers for inmates estimate the state could face a contempt fine as high as $13.9 million for noncompliance with the settlement.

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