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States pull back on COVID data even amid Delta surge

Public health experts are voicing concern about the pullback of COVID information from state government websites, as states including Georgia and Florida have cut back their public case reporting despite the nation being engulfed in a fourth, Delta-driven COVID surge.... Read more»

COVID froze prison visits, spotlighting high cost of phone calls

The prison telecommunication industry generates an estimated $1.4 billion in annual revenue, and many states and localities rake in millions each year from commissions, a fact highlighted by the pandemic and an issue activists and some prisons are working to change. ... Read more»

Arizona wildfire prevention gets boost from behind bars with expanded program

Arizona's $24.5 million Healthy Forest Initiative will allow a long-running program that lets the Department of Forestry and Fire Management use inmate crews to do forest maintenance to add as many as 700 more inmates to help battle wildfires.... Read more»

Bill would require U.S. citizenship for state prison guards

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona Department of Corrections officers to be U.S. citizens, as is already the case with other peace officers, saying the change would help ease unemployment in his district.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: 2012 election analysis

Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez, talk show host Emil Franzi, Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small.... Read more»

Man put to death after last-minute appeals fail

A federal court Tuesday refused to stand in the way of the executions of two Arizona inmates, clearing the way for the execution of a man Wednesday morning and another next week. ... Read more»1

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»

Border Patrol agent confesses to spying for drug traffickers

A Yuma-based Border Patrol agent and a state corrections officer confessed to drug trafficking after they were arrested Thursday in a case that includes an alleged plot to kill a confidential informant.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Prop.100 choice between education and prisons

We don't really have much of a choice when it comes to the Proposition 100 vote. Would you rather pay a temporary 1-cent sales tax to educate children and fund public safety or a permanent property tax to pay for more jail cells?... Read more»

Crime

Marana prison riot injures 13

A private prison in Marana remains locked down after a disturbance involving as many as 150 inmates injured a staff member and 12 prisoners.... Read more»