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Arizona executes man for 1978 murder of college student

Arizona carried out its first execution in seven years Wednesday morning, lethally injecting Clarence Dixon with pentobarbital for the killing of 21-year-old ASU student Deana Bowdoin in 1978, less than a day after Dixon’s final appeal was denied.... Read more»

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Children of incarcerated parents find joy at Arizona's Prison Fellowship sports camp

With about 11% of children in Arizona having an incarcerated parent, the Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Sports Camp seeks to transform the lives of prisoners, care for their families and advocate for a justice system that works to help individuals change their ways. ... Read more»

Eloy detention site 'threatened' migrants' health, used pepper spray during COVID mask protests

A privately run ICE immigration detention site in Eloy, Ariz, "threatened the health, safety, and rights" of migrants, said a federal watchdog agency that found violations of standards, including an incident in which peacefully protesting detainees were pepper-sprayed last year. ... Read more»

CV-19 outbreak grows at Az private prison with most U.S. Marshal detainees in nation

A private prison in Florence, Ariz., that houses more than 3,000 defendants awaiting court proceedings is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19 in which at least 20 jail staff and detainees have tested positive.... Read more»

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»

As COVID-19 spreads in the state, it also spreads inside prison walls

Three Arizona correctional facilities all have high ratings for lack of access to health care and advocacy groups in the state are concerned the situation will worsen during the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

ICE 'cohorting' of Az detainees at risk of COVID-19 stirs controversy

98 immigrant detainees at the La Palma Correctional Center in Arizona have been “cohorted” together, due to their exposure to the facility’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.... Read more»

Tensions skyrocket as COVID-19 fears grip Arizona ICE detention center

An ICE detention center in Eloy is the latest facility to have a string of complaints raised by detainees as COVID-19 fills hospitals and strains the nation’s health care system.... Read more»

Judges call for all immigration courts to close in wake of coronavirus

Nearly a month into a seemingly worldwide shutdown, it may be hard to find an everyday business or public area that has not been closed because of COVID-19. Many companies have allowed their employees to work from home, but businesses deemed essential are still in operation. This includes grocery stores, fuel stations, banks, transportation systems, pharmacies – and most U.S. immigration courts.... Read more»

2nd COVID-19 case confirmed at Arizona ICE detention facility

A second person had been diagnosed with coronavirus at the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, north of Tucson, authorities said Monday.... Read more»

Advocates: Az immigration detention facilities 'tinderboxes' for COVID-19

Calling immigration detention facilities "tinderboxes on the verge of explosion" because of COVID-19, a coalition of immigration advocacy groups asked a federal judge to order the immediate release of eight people held by ICE in Arizona. ... Read more»

Man dies at immigration detention facility in Florence

A Mexican man died at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Florence, Ariz., on Wednesday; he was found unconscious and not breathing. Two days earlier, Abel Reyes-Clemente, 54, was put under medical observation for "signs and symptoms" of the flu, ICE said. ... Read more»

4 of 8 killed in head-on collision IDed; 2 previously convicted for human smuggling

Officials have identified four of the people killed in a head-on crash Wednesday when a car crossed the yellow line and collided with a Chevy Suburban. The SUV's driver and a passenger, who were killed, had previously been convicted of assisting illegal immigrants. ... Read more»1

Head-on crash near Florence kills 8, including 4 migrants

Eight people, including four immigrants in the U.S. without authorization, were killed in a head-on crash on a rural stretch of State Route 79 north of Tucson late Wednesday night, authorities said. A Buick passenger car crossed the centerline, colliding with a Suburban carrying seven migrants and two U.S. citizens.... Read more»

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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Border Patrol recruits: Wild horses, tamed by prisoners

Long before the desert sun has had a chance to heat the dusty prison yard, some 20 inmates at an Arizona state prison begin quietly tending horses. Both the men and the horses are still learning how to live behind fences. Prisoners in the Wild Horse Inmate Program train mustangs that will eventually be adopted by the Border Patrol.... Read more»

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