A one-time prison visitor fee that goes toward maintaining state-run lockups does not amount to a tax and is constitutional, a Maricopa County judge ruled in a lawsuit challenging the fee.Read More »
Doses of three chemicals injected into Jeffrey Landrigan on Oct. 26, 2010, had done the job in executing him, but there was a set of unused, filled syringes left over.Read More »
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge refused on Thursday to halt the bidding process for planned private prisons.Read More »
The Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) has extended for a month the bidding timeframe for private prisons that would house 5,000 inmates as a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ponders whether to shut down the process.Read More »
The Arizona Department of Corrections’ oversight of private prisons has improved since a deadly, July 2010 escape, but the Office of the Auditor General also found the state-run prisons have their own security problems.Read More »
Managers of the Coconino County Jail say the inmate population has reached "crisis" levels for the third time in three years.Read More »
Building a private prison in Goodyear would torpedo that city’s economic development prospects and one business has already balked at moving there if it happens, business groups opposed to the prison say.Read More »
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge refused today to immediately put a stop to the bidding process for private prisons to house 5,000 inmates.Read More »
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 »
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.