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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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The Arizona Department of Corrections is requiring all staff members to wear masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the prisons. However, the department is not making masks available to all inmates.
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Jun. 18, 2020
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A group of incarcerated people have filed a complaint in federal court alleging their confinement in private, for-profit prisons is unconstitutional. Attorneys argue that Arizona has delegated its “sovereign power of incarceration” to prison corporations that in turn treat prisoners as “economic assets.”
Jun. 15, 2020
According to a data analysis conducted by KJZZ, the Arizona Department of Corrections is experiencing a yearslong surge in incidents of self-harm among inmates. In the past five years, total annual incidents of self-harm in Arizona state prisons have increased more than 360%.
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Jun. 15, 2020
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The Arizona Department of Corrections says it will increase testing of its staff in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in state prisons.
Jun. 12, 2020
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The Arizona Department of Corrections is extending the suspension of visitations at state prisons as the number of COVID-19 positive cases among inmates and staff continues to rise.
Jun. 10, 2020
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Representatives of Pima County are urging public health officials and the Arizona Department of Corrections to reduce prison populations in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Community leaders made a call to action Wednesday after several requests sent to the DOC and the Governor’s Office were ignored.
May. 27, 2020
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Following a recent outbreak at the state prison in Yuma, the Arizona Department of Corrections will test more than 900 correctional officers for COVID-19. The pending tests represent the largest commitment the department has made to screening for the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.
May. 21, 2020
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COVID-19 is spreading in Arizona prisons. As of May 18, more than 170 inmates have tested positive and six have died. Sixty-four correctional officers have tested positive. Last week, KJZZ discovered that food workers contracted by the state have tested positive as well.
May. 18, 2020
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Trinity Services Group, a company that provides food services for jails and prisons in all 50 states, says four of its employees in Arizona and 20 employees nationwide have tested positive for COVID-19.
May. 13, 2020
Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ
At a press conference Tuesday, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ announced the state would increase the testing of correctional officers and inmates for COVID-19.
May. 12, 2020
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Most K-12 schools, colleges and universities in Arizona have gone digital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in prisons across the state, students are still being forced to go to class in-person every day. A Q&AZ listener asked why hasn't the prison education system gone to correspondence work.
May. 12, 2020
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A group of federal pretrial inmates housed at a CoreCivic facility in Florence is suing the warden and several other government officials over alleged unconstitutional conditions at the private prison.
May. 8, 2020
Adobe Mountain School
An employee at the Adobe Mountain School, Arizona’s secure juvenile detention facility, has tested positive for COVID-19. Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections spokesperson Kate Howard said individuals who were in close contact with the positive case were tested.
May. 6, 2020
Arizona Department of Corrections building
Attorneys representing inmates in a class-action lawsuit about prison health care in Arizona are asking a federal judge to fine the state $400,000 for its continued failure to meet agreed-upon health care benchmarks.
May. 6, 2020
prison cells at Arizona State Prison Complex
On May 5, The Show heard from Caroline Isaacs, the Arizona director of the American Friends Service Committee, who called the county attorney's op-ed criticizing groups advocating for the release of inmates during the coronavirus pandemic "tone deaf."
May. 5, 2020
Perryville prison
Now that the first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the Perryville women's prison, current and former inmates fear the virus will quickly spread through the population at the Goodyear facility.
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May. 4, 2020
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The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says it has confirmed the first inmate in county jails to test positive for COVID-19.
May. 1, 2020
Alfonso Salazar
An Arizona death row inmate has died due to complications from COVID-19. Alfonso Salazar was housed at the state prison in Florence, Central Unit. He had been hospitalized since April 21.
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Apr. 30, 2020
An internal staffing report from the Arizona Department of Corrections shows a vacancy rate of more than 54% for correctional officers at the Eyman State Prison
Apr. 29, 2020
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Families and supporters of women incarcerated at the Perryville prison in Goodyear held a vigil on Sunday to show their support and ask for their loved ones to be released as COVID-19 spreads through Arizona prisons.
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Apr. 28, 2020

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