Extension of Ohio prisons health care case sought

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A prisoners' advocacy group has asked a federal judge to continue oversight of the Ohio prisons medical system, alleging that conditions have not approved enough to end court supervision.

The Cincinnati-based Ohio Justice and Policy Center said Wednesday that state prison staffing levels are unable to meet the needs of inmates and are leading to inadequate medical care.

David Singleton, the policy center's executive director, says inmates aren't getting adequate access to medications and care for cancer and heart complaints.

U.S. District Court Judge Sandra Beckwith has overseen prison medical care since a 2005 settlement of the policy center's lawsuit.

Court oversight is scheduled to expire later this month.

The prisons system declined to comment, but noted that court oversight of its dental services ended without problems last year.