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One year after private prison companies made record high contributions to Arizona lawmakers, the Legislature voted to increase the state’s investment in private prison beds. The new private prison beds will likely be more expensive than those in state-run facilities.
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Jul. 29, 2021
Arizona State Prison Complex - Florence
Two years ago, an ABC15 investigation showed video inside the Lewis State Prison in Arizona that rocked the Arizona Department of Corrections. Dave Biscobing has gotten a hold of more leaked video, this time from the Florence State Prison, that shows officers being held against their will.
Jul. 20, 2021
Mark Brnovich
The Arizona attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse decisions from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in two death penalty cases.
Jul. 19, 2021
Citing "pervasive material breaches" of Arizona's prison health care class action settlement, U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver rescinded the settlement and ordered the Department of Corrections and prisoner attorneys to prepare for a trial.
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Jul. 16, 2021
A review conducted by the Arizona Auditor General found the Department of Juvenile Corrections was not following its own policies designed to reduce isolation of youths at the Adobe Mountain School correctional facility.
Jul. 16, 2021
Arizona Supreme Court building
After the state backtracked on the shelf life of its lethal injection drugs, the Arizona Supreme Court postponed the first potential executions in Arizona in seven years.
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Jul. 12, 2021
Clarence Dixon
Attorneys for death row prisoner Clarence Dixon are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to deny the state’s request to shorten an upcoming briefing schedule. The motion comes after the state admitted the drugs it is planning to use in Dixon’s execution have a shorter shelf life than previously thought.
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Jul. 7, 2021
Elijah Al-Amin
The parents of a man killed in Peoria, Arizona, in 2019 have filed a complaint in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleging the correctional health care system is to blame for their son’s death.
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Jul. 1, 2021
Prison Cell
The “Dignity for Incarcerated Women” bill has passed the Arizona Legislature for a second time. The bill would guarantee free feminine hygiene products for Arizona’s growing female prison population.
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Jun. 29, 2021
Walnut Fire
Incarcerated people are working to fight wildfires raging across the state. There are eight prisoner crews assigned to various fires. The crews are made up of 17 prisoners and three staff members from the Department of Forestry and the Department of Corrections.
Jun. 28, 2021
The Arizona Department of Corrections has renewed its prison health care contract with Centurion of Arizona. The department pays a medical company to facilitate health care in the 10 state-run prisons.
Jun. 28, 2021
In a motion filed with the Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office revised the use-by date for lethal injection drugs the state has acquired to carry out executions.
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Jun. 23, 2021
Telegraph fire
The state Legislature is in a special session to consider a $100 million package that would address wildfire and flood mitigation. Part of the funding will go toward incarcerated work crews.
Jun. 16, 2021
Arizona Department of Corrections headquarters
Arizona is planning to spend millions of dollars on private prisons in the next fiscal year, despite rising costs. The Department of Corrections' budget proposal assumes new private prison beds will cost more than the average amount for public facilities.
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Jun. 10, 2021
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A new analysis of data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows "unnatural" deaths in state prisons nationwide are increasing while the total state prison population has remained relatively steady. The nonpartisan advocacy group Prison Policy Initiative reviewed state prison mortality data from 2001 to 2018.
Jun. 8, 2021
After the state was forced to reevaluate how its prison health care contractor conducts mental health encounters, newly submitted reports show plummeting rates of compliance with court-ordered benchmarks.
May. 27, 2021
Arizona Department of Corrections headquarters
The Arizona Department of Corrections announced it will be resuming in-person visitations in state prisons in a limited capacity.
May. 27, 2021
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A federal judge has denied compassionate release from prison for a Phoenix man convicted of making false statements to FBI agents and witness tampering during the investigation of a terror attack six years ago in suburban Dallas.
May. 27, 2021
The court granted requests from Attorney General Mark Brnovich to set briefing schedules for pursuing warrants of execution for Arizona prisoners Frank Atwood and Clarence Dixon.
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May. 25, 2021
Arizona Department of Corrections headquarters
A coalition of advocacy groups has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice seeking an investigation into allegations that the Arizona Department of Corrections is violating the religious rights of incarcerated people.
May. 24, 2021

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