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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Juan Miguel Ruiz
Authorities say a man suspected of gravely injuring metro Phoenix sheriff’s deputy Juan Miguel Ruiz has been shot and wounded by a homeowner with whom he had a history of conflicts. Sheriff’s officials said the suspect was hospitalized, while the deputy was on life support, but is not expected to survive.
Oct. 11, 2021
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The Arizona Supreme Court ruled recently that state child-welfare officials have a constitutional duty to offer reunification services, such as visitation between parent and child, to prisoners serving long sentences.
Oct. 9, 2021
Martín Quezada
Last week, Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission unveiled the first real step in determining what the state’s congressional and legislative districts will look like beginning in 2022. But one question that still remains is how to count incarcerated people.
Sep. 21, 2021
Arizona Department of Corrections headquarters
Attorneys for the Arizona Department of Corrections are going to appeal an order that would put health care in state prisons on trial.
Aug. 17, 2021
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
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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
browning unit prison
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


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