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Reporting from the Guardian has revealed the cost of Arizona’s renewed pursuit of the death penalty.
Apr. 9, 2021
Frank Atwood (left) and Clarence Dixon
Prosecutors have told the Arizona Supreme Court that they intend on soon seeking execution warrants for two death-row inmates in what would be the state’s first executions in almost seven years.
Apr. 7, 2021
Arizona State Capitol building
Recent legislative sessions have begun with hopes for passing bipartisan bills related to criminal justice reform. Some progress has been made, but the bills signed by Gov. Ducey are considered to be rather modest. The Show spoke with Kurt Altman, the state director in Arizona and New Mexico for the group Right on Crime.
Mar. 31, 2021
The Arizona Department of Corrections says it will appeal the latest contempt fine for failing to provide constitutional health care in state prisons.
Mar. 26, 2021
Tonto National Forest
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey recently signed legislation that allows 700 more inmates over the next two years to help reduce the risk of wildfires by thinning out an area. Tiffany Davila, a spokesperson for the Department of Forestry and Fire Management, says the move should help reduce the risk of Arizona wildfires.
Mar. 24, 2021
prison cells at Arizona State Prison Complex
Arizona inmates in a maximum security unit at the Eyman state prison in Florence say they are holding a hunger strike in protest of unsanitary conditions. Contacted via email, multiple incarcerated people say they are refusing meals in protest of inedible food, bug infestations and a lack of clean clothing.
Mar. 22, 2021
Lower Buckeye Jail
Maricopa County jails have begun vaccinating inmates. Correctional Health Services, the health care provider for Maricopa County jails, began vaccinating inmates age 55 and older Thursday morning.
Mar. 18, 2021
barbed wire at an arizona prison
A recent report by a consultant says Arizona could save more than $1 billion by reforming its criminal justice system. Current state law mandates Arizona inmates must serve 85% of their prison sentence, no matter what type of crime they committed.
Mar. 14, 2021
prison cells at Arizona State Prison Complex
Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the Department of Corrections confirmed it had begun vaccinating inmates in prison infirmaries and it was planning to roll out vaccines to the rest of the population by age.
Mar. 12, 2021
Gavel
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that claimed private prisons used by the state violate constitutional protections including a prohibition against slavery.
Mar. 11, 2021
 death chamber
The Arizona Department of Corrections says it is ready to resume executions for the first time in nearly seven years.
Mar. 5, 2021
According to a report obtained by KJZZ, Arizona is planning to begin administering the first COVID vaccines to inmates in state prisons this week.
Mar. 3, 2021
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A federal court judge has once again held the Arizona Department of Corrections in contempt for failure to comply with prison health care benchmarks. A U.S. District Court judge has fined the state $1.1 million.
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Feb. 24, 2021
barbed wire at an arizona prison
Arizona lawmakers responded to whistleblower reports alleging inmates in state prisons are being held beyond their release dates. The House Appropriations Committee held discussion on a bill that would create an independent ombudsman and oversight committee to monitor the Department of Corrections.
Whistleblowers: Bug Keeping Some Inmates In Prisons Beyond Release Dates
Feb. 22, 2021
According to Arizona Department of Corrections whistleblowers, hundreds of incarcerated people who should be eligible for release are being held in prison because the inmate management software cannot interpret current sentencing laws.
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Feb. 21, 2021
prison cells at Arizona State Prison Complex
A new bill in the Arizona Senate would facilitate the transfer of inmates from state prisons to community supervision to help stop the spread of COVID-19 behind bars.
Feb. 9, 2021
prison cells at Arizona State Prison Complex
Several bills made it through the state House Committee on Criminal Justice Reform on Wednesday. One piece of legislation would create an oversight body to investigate conditions in the Arizona Department of Corrections. Chaired by Rep. Walt Blackman, the committee heard a slate of bills that would impact sentencing and conditions in state prisons.
Feb. 3, 2021
Arizona Department of Corrections
Jewish inmates in Arizona state prisons are suing the Department of Corrections over a change in the kosher meal program.
Jan. 19, 2021
Arizona Department of Corrections
The Arizona Department of Corrections announced new COVID-19 mitigation efforts on Friday, but it remains unclear when inmates in state prisons will be vaccinated.
Jan. 15, 2021
Arizona Department of Corrections building
Health care workers at the Yuma Regional Medical Center say guards from state prisons accompanying COVID-19 positive inmates are endangering the lives of staff and patients by entering the hospital without proper personal protective equipment.
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Dec. 31, 2020

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