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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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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.
Map: Coronavirus Cases Reported In Arizona Prisons
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.
Map: Coronavirus Cases Reported In Arizona Prisons
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
Holly Woods
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.
Map: Coronavirus Cases Reported In Arizona Prisons
Apr. 28, 2020
prison cells at Arizona State Prison Complex
A model based on data from correctional facilities has predicted 99% of the nearly 42,000 people in Arizona prisons will become infected with the coronavirus.
Apr. 23, 2020
Sister Helen Prejean
Sister Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking," talked with KJZZ about the importance of compassion and why she believes elderly, medically vulnerable and terminally ill inmates should be released from Arizona state prisons.
Apr. 21, 2020
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The coronavirus is spreading in Arizona prisons. There are 28 inmates at four different facilities who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday.
Apr. 20, 2020
A caravan of activists
The human rights activism organization Puente Arizona organized a "United for Freedom Caravan" at the Arizona Department of Corrections headquarters in Phoenix on Friday. A caravan of activists practiced social distancing while protesting from their cars Friday as they circled the Department of Corrections.
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Apr. 17, 2020
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A letter from a group of former state attorneys general, chief justices, and other legal experts urges Gov. Ducey to reduce the Arizona prison population to prepare for a potential COVID-19 outbreak.
Apr. 15, 2020
A group of inmates incarcerated at one of the state’s private prisons is asking Gov. Ducey to release people who have been convicted of non-violent crimes to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, minimum-custody inmates represent a low risk to the public and staff.
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Apr. 14, 2020
map of covid-19 cases in arizona prisons
KJZZ is tracking COVID-19 in Arizona prisons. There are more than 38,000 inmates in state custody in Arizona, living in 10 state-run prisons and six private facilities. This map will be periodically updated with inmate testing data from the Arizona Department of Corrections.
Apr. 10, 2020
Arizona Department of Corrections building
The Arizona Department of Corrections said Tuesday it had been notified that "two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19." The statement said 60 inmates out of a total of more than 42,000 in custody have been tested.
Apr. 7, 2020
Arizona Department of Corrections building
Despite Attorney General William Barr ordering the release of some inmates from federal prisons to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, Arizona’s governor and Department of Corrections director say they will not be releasing inmates from state prisons.
Department Of Corrections Confirms First Cases Of Coronavirus In State Prisons
Apr. 7, 2020
New COVID-19 testing information for Arizona prisons has been released due to a recent federal court order. The Department of Corrections must now issue weekly reports on how many inmates in state-run prisons have been tested and the results of those tests.
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Apr. 4, 2020
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The director of the Arizona Department of Corrections has changed a policy for employees, allowing them to wear masks to work in an attempt to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in state prisons.
Apr. 3, 2020


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