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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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Jan 25, 2023

Hobbs establishes prison oversight commission to recommend reforms 

Gov. Katie Hobbs is calling for a top-to-bottom review of the Arizona prison system, where inmates and their families have complained about a wide range of issues and a federal judge recently found medical care to be “plainly grossly inadequate.” The governor issued an executive order on Wednesday establishing an “independent prison oversight commission” to review problems in the prison sy[...]

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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.

Aug 13, 2018

Ducey says state law, not pope, dictates his action on death penalty

Gov. Doug Ducey said he will obey Arizona law and not Pope Francis, who has now declared that the death penalty is unacceptable in all cases.

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Aug 7, 2017

Judge orders corrections director to testify following combative email

Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan will testify in federal court tomorrow about an email he sent to his staff questioning a judge’s order.

Jun 6, 2012

Corrections chief to allow witnesses to view execution procedure

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.

Feb 28, 2012

Court warns Arizona about execution protocol

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.

Dec 19, 2011

Court records say executioner, Corrections director disregarded lethal injections procedures

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.

Oct 24, 2011

DOC extends bidding timeframe, works to complete neglected cost-study

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.

Sep 6, 2011

Cost-benefit study of prisons late, but state going ahead with 5,000 more private beds 

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 [...]