LOCKED DOWN: Arizona prisoners ask court to take control of health care

LOCKED DOWN: Arizona prisoners ask court to take control of health care

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers challenging the quality of health care in Arizona's prisons asked a judge to take over responsibilities for providing inmate care and appoint an official to run medical and mental health services.

Attorneys representing inmates said Friday that the state hasn't fulfilled many of its promised changes to inmate care it made nearly five years ago when the case was settled.

KOLD News 13′s Shaley Sanders reported on this issue earlier this week with the finale of her three-part series called Locked Up. Read about how the battle over inmate care inside Arizona prisons are heating up HERE.

They requested a receivership be ordered to run health care operations in state-run prisons and asked the judge to follow through on her earlier threat to impose a second contempt-of-court fine against the state for noncompliance.

The first fine was for $1.4 million.

The second possible fine could reach as much as $1.2 million.

The Department of Corrections had no immediate comment on the receivership request.