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Man who raped woman & set her on fire commits suicide in prison

A man who raped and attempted to kill a woman he set on fire in 1995 was found dead in his prison cell Monday, an apparent suicide. Cody Williams came from a disturbed family: his father brutally murdered his mother, and his brother is also a convicted rapist.... Read more»3

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Supreme Court rejects appeal of Az's longest-serving death-row inmate

The Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a repeat murderer and rapist who has been on Arizona’s death row for 40 years for a string of grisly crimes in Maricopa County.... Read more»

Court rejects claim cops planted evidence in '84 murder of Tucson girl

A federal court Wednesday rejected a death-row inmate's claim that authorities planted evidence that led to his conviction for the 1984 kidnapping and murder of 8-year-old Vicki Lynne Hoskinson.... Read more»

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Decorated Marine vet may be deported, despite likely U.S. citizenship

A Marine veteran who served in the Gulf War was transferred to an immigration facility in Eloy last week, where he faces deportation to Mexico despite a ruling that he is a U.S. citizen. George Ybarra has criminal convictions, but his family says he needs treatment, not banishment.... Read more»

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Juvenile justice figures show kids are becoming more all right

Teenagers in Arizona and elsewhere in the country have been turning away from crime in remarkable numbers, according to federal and state-level data. And nobody’s sure why.... Read more»

Court: Reading death-row inmate’s outgoing mail violates his rights

The Arizona Department of Corrections violated a death-row inmate’s rights to an attorney and to free speech when officers read mail the prisoner was sending to his lawyer, a federal appeals court ruled last week.... Read more»

From fresh produce to inmate job training, Nogales food bank fills a basket of needs

Food waste, the affordability of fresh produce, and prison inmate rehabilitation may seem like disparate issues, but the Borderlands Food Bank in Nogales is approaching them all head-on.... Read more»

Yearning for home, inmates paint California mural on Arizona prison walls

Consider the inmates at La Palma Correctional Facility in Eloy as the private prison’s Picassos, who painted the four walls of a multi-purpose room in rural Arizona into memories of their California home.... Read more»

Arizona to halt use of controversial drug in executions

Arizona has reached an agreement with lawyers for death row inmates that would prohibit a sedative that has been used in executions by lethal injection that took longer than usual or were botched in several states. ... Read more»

Bank of America sued for gouging former Arizona inmates on card fees

Bank of America Corp has been hit with a proposed class action accusing it of charging exorbitant fees to thousands of former Arizona prison inmates who were issued debit cards when they were released.... Read more»

Arizona execution procedures face review in U.S. court

A federal judge in Phoenix will hear arguments this week about resuming executions in Arizona, where a 2014 lethal injection that took nearly two hours raised questions about the state's death chamber protocols and the chemicals it uses to kill inmates.... Read more»

Arizona says it has run out of execution drugs

Arizona has run out of execution drugs, including a sedative implicated in botched lethal injections, according to a filing on Friday in a court case challenging the U.S. state's execution methods. ... Read more»1

U.S. Supreme Court reverses Arizona high court in death-row case

An Arizona death row inmate could get another chance to challenge his sentence in a 2001 murder, after the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday overturned a ruling by Arizona’s high court.... Read more»

Hundreds of Az prisoners have used razors, drugs in attempted suicides

There were nearly 500 incidents in Arizona's prison system when convicts attempted to either hurt or kill themselves in 2015, despite efforts to push for better mental health treatment and a legal settlement ordering the Department of Corrections to improve psychiatric services. ... Read more»

Arizona to pay $3 million in prison teacher rape case

Arizona agreed on Monday to pay $3 million to an ex-prison teacher who was attacked and raped at a state correctional facility when she was left alone with a violent sexual offender.... Read more»

Az children face poverty & instability when parent in prison

Among the 1.6 million children living in Arizona, about one in nine has a parent who is in prison, or on parole or probation. Family members and caregivers of these children also “bear numerous burdens, including stigma and shame associated with having a family member in prison, increased financial strain, physical and emotional stress, and lack of external resources.”... Read more»

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