A federal class action lawsuit filed in 2012 by the Prison Law Office, the ACLU, and other attorneys against the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) regarding the inadequate medical, mental health, and dental care provided to prisoners, as well as the conditions in maximum custody units. On October 14, 2014, the parties settled the case.
On February 18, 2015, the federal judge approved the settlement agreement after reviewing more than 300 comments from prisoners, and the settlement went into effect. Under the settlement agreement, ADC must fix its health care system and meet more than 100 health care outcome measures, covering issues such as health care for prisoners with chronic medical conditions; care for mentally ill prisoners; and dental care. ADC also must overhaul the rules for isolation units. The settlement calls for ongoing monitoring by the prisoners’ lawyers to make sure ADC complies with the settlement agreement.