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Suit over health care in AZ prisons dismissed

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Suit over health care in AZ prisons dismissed

CREATED Mar 22, 2012

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PHOENIX (AP) - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit that alleged that Arizona prisons don't meet the basic requirements for providing adequate medical and mental health care to inmates.
   
But lawyers refiled the lawsuit on Thursday.
   
U.S. District Judge Frederick Martone says in a ruling Wednesday that the prisoner who filed the lawsuit 18 months ago didn't have permission to add 13 more inmates as plaintiffs and seek class-action status.
   
Still, the judge left open the possibility that the prisoners could refile the lawsuit.
   
Corrections officials are accused in the lawsuit of having a deliberate indifference toward the suffering of prisoners and failing to correct problems after they were brought to their attention.
   
The Department of Corrections had no immediate comment Thursday morning on developments in the case.

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