In coming to these conclusions, we have interviewed and corresponded withdozens
prisoners at the Florence, Tucson, Lewis, and Perryville complexespages andinvestigations, prisoner grievances and responses, court
policies and official documents, and staffing and staff co1nplaint information you haveprovided in response to our Public Records Act request.As you know, Arizona has already spent many years under federal courtsuperv1s1on
filed in 1990 by the ACLU National Prison Project and theACLU
Arizona. After extensive pretrial litigation and a lengthy trial, the court foundviolations in the areas
medical, 1nental health, and dental care, and the accommodation
prisoners with disabilities, and issued remedial orders.
834 F. Supp.1477 (D. Ariz. 1993) (medical, mental health, and dental care); 834 F. Supp. 1569 (D.Ariz. 1993) (prisoners with disabilities). While we are ready to fully litigate this matterin federal court once more, we believe that it would be in the best interests
all partiesat this time to resolve these violations through a stipulated injunction.
Arizona has an obligation under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution toprovide for prisoners' basic human needs, including adequate mental health care.
DirectorsPenelope Cooper, President • Michele WalkinHawk, Vice President • Marshall Krause, TreasurerHonorable
Burton • Felecia Gaston • Christiane Hipps • Margaret Johns