Lawyers representing over 34,000 inmates, whom are challenging the quality of healthcare in Arizona’s prisons, are looking for another $1.6 million from the state in additional litigations fees. Since filing the lawsuit in March of 2012, the prisoner’s attorneys have incurred $6.1 million in legal costs.
Following the 2014 settlement, the state awarded the attorneys with $4.9 million, along with an agreement to improve the quality of care for inmates. In June, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Duncan, who until his recent retirement was presiding over the case, ordered the state to pay the group of lawyers $1.2 million.
The new $1.6 million will cover costs associated with enforcing a 2014 settlement that has endured a perpetual cycle of resistance. After six years, the case continues to drag on.
In court records, the lawyers stated:
All of plaintiffs’ time and expenses during the 2017-18 enforcement period were directed toward demonstrating defendants’ noncompliance with the stipulation (settlement) and obtaining the contempt findings and associated remedies.
Earlier this summer, Judge Duncan found Arizona Department of Corrections director Charles Ryan in contempt of court for failing to improve inmate care, and enforced a $1.4 million fine upon the state for noncompliance.
For more background on the Parsons v. Ryan case, read this Hertel Report story.
Check out the Associated Press’ article for more.