PHOENIX – A federal court in Arizona ruled that the state will be fined $100,000 a month for each instance of noncompliance by the Arizona Department of Corrections with performance measures in a remediation plan to which it agreed under the terms of a 2014 settlement with inmates who claimed the prison health care system caused pain, suffering and multiple inmate deaths. 

The state must pay these sanctions in addition to a $1.4 million contempt of court fine, which was upheld by the court on Friday.

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