- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Two newspapers and an advocacy group have asked a New Mexico district court to make public some settlement documents between Corizon Health and inmates in the state’s prison system.

Corizon is the nation’s largest for-profit provider of inmate medical services.

Under its contract with the Department of Corrections, Corizon provides medical services at 10 New Mexico prisons.

Last month, Corizon settled claims filed by 59 inmates at two New Mexico facilities for nearly $4.6 million.

There are confidentiality clauses in the settlements, but most of the payouts appear to be related to a former Corizon doctor accused in lawsuits of sexually abusing dozens of inmates at the prisons.

The Santa Fe New Mexican, the Albuquerque Journal and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government want the settlement documents made public.

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