Arizona Prisons

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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Inmate Self Harm
Plaintiff’s attorneys in a prison health care settlement have filed a series of letters in federal court that were originally sent to Arizona officials in an attempt to secure medical attention for a physically disabled inmate.
Jan. 15, 2018
Jan Watson
Waving his iPad and pointing to a KJZZ story on prison health care, Magistrate Judge David Duncan furiously addressed the courtroom at a Parsons v. Ryan status hearing in federal court Wednesday morning.
Dec. 20, 2017
Birth, death and everything in between — after more than 30 years in health care, Dr. Jan Watson thought she had seen it all. But then she took a job at an Arizona state prison.
Dec. 18, 2017
Prison Cell
The state agreed to meet more than 100 stipulations that would improve health care, but more than two years later, ADC has still not met all of the requirements.
Nov. 6, 2017
Arizona Department of Corrections building
The Arizona Department of Corrections contracts with Corizon to provide health care services in Arizona prisons. Corizon has left many critical, provider-level positions unfilled at prisons across the state, sometimes for months at a time.
Oct. 11, 2017
Arizona Department of Corrections
In an order issued Tuesday, Judge David Duncan said he was considering holding the defendants in civil contempt in the Parsons v. Ryan prison health care settlement.
Oct. 10, 2017
Prison Cell
Hundreds of people in Arizona prisons are hurting themselves and trying to take their own lives. New data from the Arizona Department of Corrections shows inmates are harming themselves at an alarmingly increasing rate.
Oct. 2, 2017
Walter Jordan
Attorneys for prisoners in a class-action settlement with the Arizona Department Of Corrections are looking into the death of a inmate.
Sep. 19, 2017
Arizona Department of Corrections building
The latest status hearings in the Parsons v. Ryan prison health care settlement showed the state is still failing to meet many health care performance measures.
Sep. 13, 2017
Corizon logo
Arizona contracts out prison health care services to a private company called Corizon Health. The company gets a per diem for each inmate held in Arizona prisons. But Corizon hasn’t been keeping up their end of the bargain.
Sep. 13, 2017
Prison Cell
Attorneys for the prisoners have been calling inmates as witnesses in an ongoing prison health care settlement. Many of those inmates have complained that the state retaliated against them for their testimony.
Sep. 12, 2017
Corizon logo
Emails show Corizon Health owed more than $1.2 million for more than a year to Gilbert Hospital. The late payment could be affecting prisoners’ access to care.
Aug. 10, 2017
corrections officer
For years the state has failed to comply with performance measures from a settlement between the state and the inmates. The main reason for the failures is staffing and Judge David Duncan said economic currents are to blame.
Aug. 9, 2017
Arizona Department of Corrections building
A federal judge chastised the director of the Arizona Department of Corrections on Tuesday for challenging his authority. Director Ryan is the defendant in an ongoing settlement over access to prison health care.
Aug. 8, 2017
Arizona Department of Corrections building
The director of the Department of Corrections is challenging a recent court order prohibiting retaliation against inmates in Arizona prisons.
Aug. 3, 2017
Prison Cell
Inmates in Arizona prisons say the state retaliated against them for testifying about poor health care conditions.
Jul. 24, 2017
Arizona Department of Corrections
Arizona is not enforcing its contract with correctional health care company Corizon. The private company has failed to fully staff a wide range of medical and administrative positions, potentially putting prisoners' lives at risk.
Jul. 20, 2017
prison cells at Arizona State Prison Complex
Private health care provider Corizon has changed the way they treat patients in Arizona State Prisons and inmates are testifying it’s made conditions worse.
Jul. 14, 2017
Arizona State Prison Complex - Florence
Attorneys for prisoners in Arizona State Prisons say their clients are being subjected to inhumane conditions.
Jul. 13, 2017
Prison Cell
Prison reform advocates say low staffing levels at the Arizona Department of Corrections could have led to recent suicides in Arizona prisons.
May. 11, 2017

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