The lawsuit filed in 2012 against Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan and another prison official alleged the failure of medical personnel at one prison to diagnose the metastasized cancer of one inmate resulted in his liver enlarging to the belly size of a pregnant woman at full term.
It said another inmate with a history of prostate cancer had to wait more than two years for a biopsy, and nothing was done for a prisoner who suffered from depression and told staff members he
was suicidal before killing himself.
In addition, the lawsuit claims critically ill inmates were told to be patient and pray to be cured after they begged for treatment, and prisoners in isolation cells often went months without meaningful interaction with other people and suffered psychologically from it.
Prison officials have denied the allegations.
, in a statement, said the settlement allows the state to avoid the financial costs of a trial and that the current policies and recent enhancements adequately address prisoners' concerns.
"This is positive news," Ryan