Arizona’s first private prison is going to become the property of the state. A provision in contracts for the state’s five privately-run prisons allows the state to buy the prison for a nominal price as the contract expires.Read More »
A trial is set for next month in a sexual harassment lawsuit pitting the state against one of its private prison contractors in a battle that promises to shine a harsh light on private prisons and the Arizona Department of Corrections.Read More »
Arizona Department of Corrections employees are getting arrested or cited at an average of 11 per month, mostly for drunken driving and domestic violence.Read More »
Witnesses to the June 27 execution of Samuel Lopez will be allowed to watch as the executioner inserts intravenous lines that will carry the lethal drug to Lopez's body.Read More »
A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday issued a strong warning to Arizona officials who have continuously violated and changed their own written protocol for executing state death-row inmates.Read More »
Most of Arizona’s private prisons are comparable in cost and quality of service to state-run prisons, a biennial study issued Wednesday by the Arizona Department of Corrections found.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 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.
State prisons would release more than 13,000 convicts, shut down more than 15 prison units and eliminate more than 1,500 jobs if the Department of Corrections were forced to absorb a 15-percent cut to help close the state budget deficit.Read More »