The Colorado prison system has missed two court-ordered deadlines to improve facilities and services for disabled inmates, some of whom have gone without glasses, wheelchairs or hearing aids for months or even years, according to court records.
The claims stem from a federal lawsuit filed in 1992 by six disabled inmates who said Colorado prisons didn't comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
The case later became a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all disabled state prisoners.
In 2003, the state Department of Corrections agreed in a multimillion-dollar settlement to make changes by 2005.
The changes included making prisons handicapped-accessible, ending lower pay for so-called "handicapped" inmate jobs and ensuring that disabled inmates had access to sign language interpreters and Braille or large-print documents.
The state didn't comply by 2005, so the deadline was extended to July 2007.