Possible fine amount rises in prison health care lawsuit

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PHOENIX (AP) -

The amount of a possible fine that Arizona could face for falling short in improving health care in state prisons is increasing.

A judge has threatened to fine the state $1,000 for each instance during December and January in which it failed to make the improvements it promised when settling a lawsuit over health care in state prisons.

[RELATED: Prison health care hearing to continue in March]

The state has acknowledged that it has more than 1,900 instances of noncompliance in December and January.

That means the state could be fined as much as $1.9 million.

[RELATED: Arizona could face fines in lawsuit over prison health care]

U.S. Magistrate David Duncan also is considering holding Corrections Director Charles Ryan in civil contempt of court for falling short in making the improvements.

[RELATED: Judge calls Arizona prison health care system 'corrupt']

Prison officials are seeking to disqualify Duncan from the case, arguing that the judge is biased against them

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