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4 inmate deaths from COVID-19 possible; Critics assail prison response

As many as four inmates may have died from COVID-19, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections, which critics charge is not doing enough to protect prisoners and guards from infection in the tight quarters of a prison. ... 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»

Az fails to file prison rape reports, again

For the second year in a row, Arizona failed to file reports complying with federal prison rape prevention laws, according to the Justice Department. Last year, the state lost more than $200,000 for not proving compliance. Justice has not determined how much, if any, might be withheld from Arizona this year.... Read more»