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Republic, KJZZ investigation examines how prison labor works
After 15 months of gathering and analyzing more than 11,000 documents and building a computer program that downloaded tens of thousands of public profiles about prisoners that the Arizona Department of Corrections refused to provide, reporters at the Arizona Republic and KJZZ News found that prison labor has become ubiquitous across the state.
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Aaron Gunches
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs says corrections officials will not carry out an execution even though the state Supreme Court scheduled it over the objections of the state’s new attorney general.
Mar. 3, 2023
hickmans family farms egg ranch chicken sign
At the start of the pandemic, prisoners who worked off-site were largely sent back to prison. The work stopped – and, with it, the meager amount of money they earned to pay for things like regular soap and toothpaste.
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Mar. 1, 2023
 death chamber
Governor Katie Hobbs has chosen retired Judge David Duncan to be the Death Penalty Independent Review Commissioner.
Feb. 24, 2023
Judge David Duncan
A retired federal magistrate judge was appointed to review the execution process in Arizona as part of an examination ordered by Gov. Katie Hobbs of procurement of lethal injection drugs and other death penalty protocols due to the state’s history of mismanaging executions.
Feb. 24, 2023
Makahiki at Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy
Today, there are more than 1,000 Hawaiian inmates residing in the private Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy. Every year, the Hawaiian inmates observe Makahiki — the Hawaiian New Year festival.
Feb. 22, 2023
death chamber
New Democratic Attorney General Kris Mayes is pausing executions in Arizona — putting the use of the death penalty on hold until a review of the process is completed.
Jan. 26, 2023
Arizona State Prison Complex - Florence
Saying the problems there have been have been ignored for years, Gov. Katie Hobbs formed a special commission Wednesday to review operations of the state prison system.
Jan. 26, 2023
Rachel Mitchell
Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said she supports Gov. Katie Hobbs' executive order calling for a review of death-penalty protocols in Arizona. The state has come under fire for issues with executions.
Jan. 24, 2023
 death chamber
Attorney General Kris Mayes on Friday withdrew the state's legal request for the Arizona Supreme Court to issue a warrant allowing the execution of Aaron Gunches, convicted in the 2002 death of Ted Price, his girlfriend's ex-husband.
Jan. 20, 2023
Arizona Department of Corrections building
Arizona has new directors for its Department of Corrections and Department of Public Safety. Gov. Katie Hobbs announced Tuesday that Ryan Thornell will take over the DOC while Tempe Police Chief Jeffrey Glover will be the next head of the DPS.
Jan. 18, 2023
Arizona Department of Corrections building
A federal judge who previously concluded Arizona was providing inadequate medical and mental health care to prisoners said she will give the state three months to ensure it has enough health care professionals to meet constitutional standards.
Jan. 11, 2023
barbed wire at an arizona prison
Officials will begin assessing security protocols at federal prison camps across the U.S. after a “terrifying incident” this weekend when an inmate obtained a gun and tried to shoot a visitor in the head at a prison camp in Arizona, the director of the Bureau of Prisons said Tuesday.
Nov. 16, 2022
Murray Hooper
Murray Hooper was executed Wednesday morning by lethal injection for the murders of William Redmond and Helen Phelps in 1980.
Nov. 16, 2022
Jimmy Jenkins
Jimmy Jenkins grew up in a small town in Indiana. His house was directly across the street from farmland and a forest. But across the highway was a maximum security federal prison. The prison scared him and he often had nightmares about it as a child.
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Sep. 13, 2022
Interest in labor unions has been growing nationally — and in Arizona. During the first nine months of the federal fiscal year, the National Labor Relations Board saw efforts to unionize spike nearly 60%. In Arizona, it increased more than 50%.
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Sep. 1, 2022
Matt Solan and his dog, Foxy
From airplanes to coffee shops to classrooms, it’s hardly unusual to see a service animal. And not just the classic seeing-eye dog — nowadays there are emotional support horses and therapy parrots. But there is a place that does not allow any kind of service animal: the Arizona State Hospital.
Jul. 29, 2022
Prison laborers work at Sunset Cemetery in Willcox
One community in Arizona is so dependent upon the labor of incarcerated people, those who worked there call it “prison city.” This story is part of an investigation by the Arizona Republic and KJZZ.
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Jul. 20, 2022
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Lola N’sangou was a firefighter. Then, a wedding planner. She’s also a mom. Those jobs were done by choice. But her life shifted in 2003 after a car accident led to a prison sentence — and no longer having a choice in her work. Her story was uncovered as part of an investigation by the Arizona Republic and KJZZ.
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Jul. 18, 2022
Prison Cell
A three-member U.S. appeals court panel has sided with Arizona prison officials' ban on sexually explicit material for inmates, denying a prison journal's claims of First Amendment violations.
Jul. 10, 2022
inmates
A federal judge has ruled that Arizona has continued to not comply with a lawsuit settlement in which it promised to revamp care in the state prison system.
Jul. 1, 2022

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