Under a new state law, some adults who want to visit incarcerated inmates must pay the fee, with the money raised going toward maintaining 10 state-run prisons.Read More »
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The Department of Corrections has long been out of compliance with a law requiring the director to complete a cost-benefit analysis comparing private and state-run prisons every two years.
DOC Director Charles Ryan, who took over the job in January 2009, said he started working on his analysis a few months ago.
But House Minority Leader Chad Campbell insists that’s not good enough.
A major change in how the state delivers health care to its prisoners is well underway, and with it comes the question of what will happen to the current staff of doctors, nurses, lab technicians and other professionals.Read More »
A group that advocates for prisoners’ rights went to court Monday to challenge a law that allows the Arizona Department of Corrections to set a one-time fee for conducting background checks on inmates’ visitors.Read More »
For the second time in four years the Arizona Department of Corrections will be going to court to defend the way it carries out executions.Read More »
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that lower courts must consider convicted murderer Richard Harley Greenway’s claim that he was poorly represented in his trial for the 1988 murders of two women in their Tucson home.Read More »
In the minutes just before an execution, inmates lay strapped to a table with a white sheet pulled up to their necks, but the veiled process and other procedures followed by the Arizona Department of Corrections are now being challenged in federal court.Read More »
The state Department of Public Safety has denied a request from Arizona's top utility regulator to send a drug-sniffing dog to his office.Read More »
A company that operates an Arizona prison where three violent offenders escaped last year is among four firms that the Arizona Department of Corrections is proposing be awarded new prison bed contracts.Read More »
I am writing to correct a number of inaccuracies in the May 20 “special report” printed in your newspaper (“A push from the right: More conservatives joining fight to change sentencing guidelines”). I am sure the reporter’s intention was to present a thorough examination of this important topic, but her final product was extremely one-sided and lacking in several important facts. As the chief prosecutor for the 4 million residents of Maricopa County, I feel it is my duty to set the record straight.Read More »