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Prison COVID outbreak spurs call to release vulnerable inmates early

Amid an outbreak of coronavirus infections in Arizona prisons that reportedly killed one of the wardens, activists and parents of incarcerated people are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey and state corrections officials to do more to protect inmates from COVID-19, starting with releasing inmates to relieve overcrowding in the state's prisons.... Read more»

COVID-19 outbreak at Eloy private prison turns fatal, mass testing underway

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety ordered mass testing at an Arizona private prison that holds its inmates after dozens of them contracted COVID-19 and several remain hospitalized.... Read more»

Court fines Az state prisons $1.44M for poor inmate health care

A federal appeals court upheld a contempt order and a $1.44 million fine against the Arizona Department of Corrections this week, saying the agency has been “deliberately indifferent” to health care for inmates. ... Read more»

9th Circuit upholds contempt order over Arizona’s shoddy prisoner care

The Ninth Circuit refused to reverse a contempt order against the Arizona Department of Corrections for failing to improve a derelict prison health care system that caused needless pain and suffering and multiple inmate deaths.... Read more»

Inmate from Tucson killed in prison

An inmate at the Lewis prison complex in Buckeye is dead, the victim of an apparent homicide, Department of Corrections officials said. Alexander Clark, who was convicted in Pima County in 2006 of burglary, armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, robbery and misconduct with weapons, was assaulted by other inmates Monday evening.... Read more»

Edward Harold Schad

Oldest death row inmate executed for 1978 murder of Bisbee man

An Arizona inmate was executed Wednesday morning for the 1978 murder of an elderly Bisbee man. Edward Harold Schad, 71, was the oldest inmate on the state's death row. He was given a lethal injection at 10:03 a.m. and pronounced dead nine minutes later.... Read more»1

Inmates transferred, prison remains locked down after brawl

A Tucson prison unit remains locked down after a fight Sunday involved hundreds of prisoners. Eighty of the inmates have been moved to other prisons, a spokesman said.... Read more»

Tucson prison locked down after hundreds of inmates brawl

A fight involving hundreds of inmates has led to a lockdown Sunday of the Arizona State Prison in Tucson, a spokesman said.... Read more»

Inmate killed in Tucson state prison

A 38-year-old inmate died at the Arizona State Prison in Tucson on Friday, a Department of Corrections spokesman said. The death of Christian Frost is being investigated as a homicide... Read more»

Feds, Az Corrections settle sex harassment charges

The Arizona Department of Corrections will award a female correctional officer $182,500 to settle allegations of sexual harassment by her co-workers from 2005 to 2008, the Department of Justice announced.... Read more»