Arizona Prison Health Care

Arizona Department of Corrections building
Inmates at the Yuma prison say they were threatened with violence and ordered by prison officials to refuse COVID-19 testing to keep outbreak numbers artificially low. The Arizona Department of Corrections recently began mass testing of all inmates in the state.
Aug. 21, 2020
Email correspondence between Hickman’s Family Farms and the Arizona Department of Corrections shows the business hoped to build a “permanent work camp” on its property in Buckeye to house the female inmates who work there.
Aug. 19, 2020
prison cells at Arizona State Prison Complex
A review by the Arizona Secretary of State has found the signature failure rate for the Arizonans For Second Chances, Rehabilitation and Public Safety ballot initiative was too high, and the estimated total number of valid signatures did not meet the minimum threshold to make the Nov. 3 ballot.
Aug. 14, 2020
Arizona Department of Corrections building
The Arizona Department of Corrections announced late Tuesday evening that 517 inmates at the Tucson prison have tested positive for COVID-19. People incarcerated at the Whetstone Unit in the Tucson prison told their families last week that the entire yard had been recently tested for COVID-19
Aug. 5, 2020
Prison Cell
KJZZ listener Chandler McElroy used the Q&AZ portal to ask about the latest developments in Arizona’s prison health care class action lawsuit.
Jul. 20, 2020
Arizona Department of Corrections Director David Shinn has drastically altered the department media policy regarding staff and inmate communication with the press.
Jul. 16, 2020
Arizona Department of Corrections building
The Arizona Department of Corrections is suspending all legal and nonlegal visits in Arizona state prison complexes through Aug. 13 to help slow the spread of COVID-19 among inmates and prison staff.
Jul. 14, 2020
Ramon Stewart
Despite a conviction for second-degree murder, the family of Ramon Stewart says he’s not a threat to society, and a debilitating form of MS and conditions in the prisons are threatening his life.
Jul. 14, 2020
Adobe Mountain School
Forty-five youths have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past several months at the Adobe Mountain School in Phoenix, Arizona’s juvenile detention center. Kate Howard, government and public affairs administrator for the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, confirmed the infections to KJZZ on Monday.
Jul. 13, 2020
The Arizona Department of Corrections is requiring all staff members to wear masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the prisons. However, the department is not making masks available to all inmates.
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Jun. 18, 2020
barbed wire at an arizona prison
A group of incarcerated people have filed a complaint in federal court alleging their confinement in private, for-profit prisons is unconstitutional. Attorneys argue that Arizona has delegated its “sovereign power of incarceration” to prison corporations that in turn treat prisoners as “economic assets.”
Jun. 15, 2020
According to a data analysis conducted by KJZZ, the Arizona Department of Corrections is experiencing a yearslong surge in incidents of self-harm among inmates. In the past five years, total annual incidents of self-harm in Arizona state prisons have increased more than 360%.
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Jun. 15, 2020
Arizona State Prison Complex - Florence
The Arizona Department of Corrections says it will increase testing of its staff in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in state prisons.
Jun. 12, 2020
Arizona Department of Corrections building
The Arizona Department of Corrections is extending the suspension of visitations at state prisons as the number of COVID-19 positive cases among inmates and staff continues to rise.
Jun. 10, 2020
inmates
Representatives of Pima County are urging public health officials and the Arizona Department of Corrections to reduce prison populations in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Community leaders made a call to action Wednesday after several requests sent to the DOC and the Governor’s Office were ignored.
May. 27, 2020
prison cells at Arizona State Prison Complex
Following a recent outbreak at the state prison in Yuma, the Arizona Department of Corrections will test more than 900 correctional officers for COVID-19. The pending tests represent the largest commitment the department has made to screening for the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.
May. 21, 2020
Prison Cell
COVID-19 is spreading in Arizona prisons. As of May 18, more than 170 inmates have tested positive and six have died. Sixty-four correctional officers have tested positive. Last week, KJZZ discovered that food workers contracted by the state have tested positive as well.
May. 18, 2020
browning unit prison
Trinity Services Group, a company that provides food services for jails and prisons in all 50 states, says four of its employees in Arizona and 20 employees nationwide have tested positive for COVID-19.
May. 13, 2020
Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ
At a press conference Tuesday, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ announced the state would increase the testing of correctional officers and inmates for COVID-19.
May. 12, 2020
Prison Cell
Most K-12 schools, colleges and universities in Arizona have gone digital in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in prisons across the state, students are still being forced to go to class in-person every day. A Q&AZ listener asked why hasn't the prison education system gone to correspondence work.
May. 12, 2020

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