Charles Ryan, director of Arizona’s Department of Corrections (DOC), has now lost an appeal of a court order issued to him in Oct. 2017 by U.S. Magistrate Judge David K. Duncan.
The case has been closely monitored by Duncan since its settlement in 2014 due to continued noncompliance with standard prison healthcare regulations. A 2012 class-action suit alleged that the DOC was providing inmates with inadequate medical services.
Ryan and the DOC will not be the only one facing sanctions; according to the Associated Press, Arizona may face up to $650,000 in fines. Duncan has yet to specify when he will issue the fines.
In October, Duncan warned that any non-compliance with the order could come with a $1,000 fine. In December alone, lawyers found 650 violations where inmate care was still not up to par.
The health-management company responsible for providing care, Corizon Correctional Healthcare, receives more than four times the money daily from providing healthcare than it is required to pay in sanctions monthly.
With over $8.61 million in sanctions due to the court order, Corizon was held accountable for just $1.81 million. According to AZ Central, $6.81 million is being forgiven.
Attorneys representing Arizona inmates made it clear that officials have been slow to make necessary changes since the case settled over three years ago.
To read more about the history of the suit and Ryan’s testimony, visit AZ Central.
For breaking news regarding the appeal, click here.
To read more about the sanctions the state of Arizona may be facing,
visit AP News.