Arizona Department of Corrections

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Sep 27, 2023

Clemency board vacancy, staffing shortages raise concerns about due process 

A board member vacancy and staffing shortages at the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency have given way to concerns about adhering to due process timelines and adapting to any prospective legislative changes.  

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Sep 19, 2023

‘Tentative’ settlement in wrongful death lawsuit over man’s death in prison reached

Current and former Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry heads and prison health care provider Centurion reached a “tentative” settlement in a wrongful death suit involving claims of inadequate mental health care.  

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May 22, 2023

Ex-convict charged with 1st-degree murder in death of woman on desert trail

An ex-convict has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of a woman who was attacked from behind and stabbed 15 times while walking on a desert trail in northeast Phoenix last month, authorities said Monday.

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Mar 27, 2023

Arizona prison inmate dies, being investigated as a homicide

An inmate died at an Arizona prison Saturday and authorities said it is being investigated as a homicide.

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Mar 23, 2023

Court won’t order execution of Gunches

What started as Aaron Gunches' wish for his own execution has slowly swirled into a loaded political microcosm, pulling top state officials, multiple Corrections administrations and justice groups into its orbit.

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Mar 14, 2023

Prison escapee in southwestern Arizona now back in custody

A prison inmate who walked off during work duty in San Luis was taken into custody Tuesday at a hotel in south Phoenix.

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Mar 3, 2023

State won’t carry out execution after warrant issued 

Arizona won’t execute the state’s only inmate on death row even after the Arizona Supreme Court issued a death warrant in the case, Gov. Katie Hobbs said on Friday. 

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Jan 17, 2023

Arizona hires new directors for corrections, public safety

Arizona has new directors for its Department of Corrections and Department of Public Safety.

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Jan 10, 2023

Judge outlines fixes to poor health care in Arizona prisons

A federal judge who previously concluded Arizona was providing inadequate medical and mental health care to prisoners said she will give the state three months to ensure it has enough health care professionals to meet constitutional standards.

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Jan 3, 2023

Tennessee names Arizona official as Correction commissioner

Tennessee announced a new Department of Correction commissioner on Tuesday. Frank Strada is deputy director for the Arizona Department of Corrections, where he oversees prison operations, inmate programs, public affairs, facilities management and financial services, according to a news release from Gov. Bill Lee's office.

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Sep 22, 2022

Courts have probation officer shortage, seek $17M

Arizona courts are asking the state for $17 million to deal with a statewide probation officer shortage that has reached crisis levels.  

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Jul 12, 2022

Court upholds Arizona prisons’ ban on explicit materials for inmates

A federal appeals court Friday upheld the Arizona prison system’s ban on sexually explicit material for inmates, rejecting claims by a censored prison magazine publisher that the policy violates the First Amendment.