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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New federal court filings in the Parsons v. Ryan prison health care settlement contain emails from a former Corizon employee who claims to have resigned over health care and safety issues in Arizona prisons. Emails show the former employee had been raising alarm bells for months.
Apr. 6, 2018
Inmates now also have a choice between 36 pads or tampons a month. A Perryville women's prison inmate says the new Arizona Department of Corrections policy has a made a “huge difference.”
Apr. 2, 2018
Arizona Department of Corrections building
Arizona Department of Corrections leadership testified in federal court that Corizon Health is responsible for poor health care conditions in Arizona prisons.
Mar. 27, 2018
arizona prison cell
According to Arizona Department of Corrections, Corizon owed $200,000 and $210,000 for failing to meet performance measures in November and December 2017. Corizon also paid more than $150,000 for understaffing during those same months.
Mar. 19, 2018
Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse
A special hearing investigating the state’s private correctional health care provider continued in federal court Wednesday in Phoenix.
Mar. 15, 2018
Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse
A former prison doctor, current inmate and monitoring agent testified in the Parsons v. Ryan prison health-care settlement in Phoenix on Wednesday.
Mar. 1, 2018
Dr. Jan Watson
Throughout six hours of testimony, Dr. Jan Watson detailed a pattern of failure in the Arizona prison health care system.
Feb. 27, 2018
After KJZZ published Dr. Jan Watson’s emails from her time working in the Arizona prison health-care system, U.S. Magistrate Judge David Duncan called a special hearing to investigate the claims. On Tuesday, Duncan will hear testimony from witnesses.
Feb. 26, 2018
Arizona Department of Corrections building
The latest court filings in an ongoing federal court case show Arizona could now be facing more than a million dollars in fines — just for the month of December.
Feb. 15, 2018
Rep. Athena Salman
The chairman of the House Rules Committee said he will not hear HB2222, which would have provided free unlimited feminine hygiene products to women in Arizona prisons.
Feb. 12, 2018
Athena Salman
The bill would allocate $80,000 annually to the Arizona Department of Corrections from the state general fund so that all women in state prisons have access to free, unlimited, feminine hygiene products.
Feb. 5, 2018
arizona prison cell
Magistrate Judge David Duncan said the abject failure on behalf of the state to comply with the terms of a prison health care settlement would make anyone upset.
Special Report: On The Inside
Jan. 18, 2018
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
arizona 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
arizona 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


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