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Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 9:17 am | Updated: 3:41 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A federal judge said Wednesday that Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio failed to improve medical and mental health conditions inside county jails.

U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake ruled that expert reports submitted in March found "significant areas of failure to comply."

Wake noted it appears as though most of the improvements made regarding medical and mental-health services have been those imposing little or no additional cost on defendants.

Wake issued a landmark ruling in October 2008 that found conditions in the jails failed to meet constitutional standards in key areas.

The judge cited the quality of food, inmate access to recreation areas, temperatures in which inmates taking psychiatric medication are held, and the quality and availability of medical and mental-health care.

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