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Arizona vet, ex-inmate shares reentry story during White House program

The founder of Operation Restoring Veteran Hope and others shared their stories as the Biden administration unveiled a number of job-training, housing, education and health care initiatives aimed at helping former inmates reenter society.... Read more»

'These are people, too': Nonprofit helps ex-inmates get health care

The return to society after spending time behind bars is difficult, so organizations such as the Yavapai Reentry Project and Building Promise work to provide access to health care and resources to help with housing, job training, and health counseling.... Read more»

Prison healthcare 'lacks uniform standards'

A Supreme Court ruling that being deprived of “reasonably adequate medical care violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment,” but with multiple agencies possessing authority over correctional health care, standards of care vary starkly across the U.S.... Read more»

Restrictions on family contacts darken holiday season for inmates

“Needlessly cruel” limitations on contacts between incarcerees and relatives imposed since the outbreak of COVID-19 not only increase the chances of repeat offenses but have a negative impact on the emotional and physical health of family members.... 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»

Vaccinated Az prison inmates will now be allowed visitors

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Re-entry announced Thursday that in-person visitations will resume on June 19, with restrictions intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus, but only if the inmates are vaccinated and haven’t had any disciplinary issues. ... 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»

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»

'They’re scared': A look inside the COVID-19 crisis in Arizona prisons

As COVID-19 began to spread across the Southwest in March, lawyers representing incarcerated Arizonans reported “unsanitary conditions,” “inadequate medical staffing and treatment” and a “failure to take strong and sensible precautionary measures” in state prisons.... 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»

Court: Inmate can sue state for being forced to work religious holiday

A federal appeals court ruled last week that an Arizona inmate can sue prison officials who he said violated his Christian beliefs by forcing him to work on a religious holiday.... Read more»

Court agrees inmates’ suit over prison health care can proceed

The appeals court upheld a lower court's ruling that the lawsuit filed by 13 inmates could be a class-action suit on behalf of all Arizona prison inmates. Corrections officials vowed to "vigorously" fight the suit's claims that prison health care exposes inmates to “a substantial risk of harm."... Read more»

Commentary

Hart: What about 'therapeutic' prisons?

We have chosen to abandon the classically American ideal of rehabilitation undoubtedly in large part to save money. But it's hard not to conclude that payback is coming. ... Read more»

New trial ordered over Arpaio’s pink-underwear jail policy

A federal court has reinstated a lawsuit against Maricopa County and Sheriff Joe Arpaio by a woman who said her brother’s death stemmed from being held down, stripped and forced into the pink underwear of county inmates.... Read more»1

500 killed in Venezuelan jails in 2011

With inmates wielding machine guns, rifles and grenades and guards often unwilling to enter the overcrowded buildings for fear of their own death, jails in Venezuela have become a lawless territory that magnify the violence outside their walls.... Read more»

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Maricopa inmates pedal to power TVs

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has a plan to save electricity and get inmates in shape - "pedal vision."... Read more»