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The state of Arizona is attempting to avoid paying a contempt fine for failing to improve health care for inmates by claiming that the pandemic prevented improvements from being made. (Adobe image)

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Arizona corrections officials cited staffing and resource demands of the pandemic in trying to fend off a contempt of court fine against the state that could reach as high as $17 million for failing to follow through on promises in a legal settlement to improve health care for inmates.

By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press March 30, 2021
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