Arizona Prisons

Rachel Mitchell
Maricopa County’s top prosecutor spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since KJZZ News first reported plea deal negotiations are underway with a former state prisons director. Charles Ryan faces felony gun charges stemming from a standoff last year at his Tempe home.
Jun. 14, 2023
Corrections Director Ryan Thornell
A Senate panel voted Tuesday to recommend confirmation of a new head of the state prison system after he assured them his agency is ready to again start executing inmates on death row.
Jun. 6, 2023
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The inmate convicted of killing Maricopa County detention Officer Gene Lee has been sentenced to 33 years in prison. Daniel Davitt was in county jail, having been convicted of multiple sex crimes, when he attacked Lee in October of 2019.
Jun. 4, 2023
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Research links both current and past incarceration to declines in mental health, and deinstitutionalization means people with mental illness often end up imprisoned. Yet a new study shows many states provide only sparse data regarding suicides behind prison walls — in violation of federal law.
May. 31, 2023
Paul Penzone
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone has spoken out publicly several times this year as reports of overdoses and deaths in the county jails have racked up and footage of inmates being wheeled out of jails on gurneys has hit the news.
May. 4, 2023
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A government watchdog advisory released at the end of April finds persistent safety issues with federally run detention centers on tribal land.
May. 2, 2023
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Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs on Friday launched the first meeting of the independent prison oversight commission that she created by executive order in January.
Apr. 29, 2023
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The state Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty against a man convicted in the 1995 murder of University of Arizona Professor Roy Johnson.
Apr. 17, 2023
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A U.S. District Court judge has made permanent an order that aims to improve the way Arizona delivers health care to incarcerated people in state-run prisons.
Apr. 10, 2023
Katie Hobbs
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has been ordered to appear in court Thursday in her efforts to halt pending executions.
Apr. 3, 2023
Aaron Gunches
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs says corrections officials will not carry out an execution even though the state Supreme Court scheduled it over the objections of the state’s new attorney general.
Mar. 3, 2023
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At the start of the pandemic, prisoners who worked off-site were largely sent back to prison. The work stopped – and, with it, the meager amount of money they earned to pay for things like regular soap and toothpaste.
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Mar. 1, 2023
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Governor Katie Hobbs has chosen retired Judge David Duncan to be the Death Penalty Independent Review Commissioner.
Feb. 24, 2023
Makahiki at Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy
Today, there are more than 1,000 Hawaiian inmates residing in the private Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy. Every year, the Hawaiian inmates observe Makahiki — the Hawaiian New Year festival.
Feb. 22, 2023
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New Democratic Attorney General Kris Mayes is pausing executions in Arizona — putting the use of the death penalty on hold until a review of the process is completed.
Jan. 26, 2023
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Saying the problems there have been have been ignored for years, Gov. Katie Hobbs formed a special commission Wednesday to review operations of the state prison system.
Jan. 26, 2023
Rachel Mitchell
Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said she supports Gov. Katie Hobbs' executive order calling for a review of death-penalty protocols in Arizona. The state has come under fire for issues with executions.
Jan. 24, 2023
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Attorney General Kris Mayes on Friday withdrew the state's legal request for the Arizona Supreme Court to issue a warrant allowing the execution of Aaron Gunches, convicted in the 2002 death of Ted Price, his girlfriend's ex-husband.
Jan. 20, 2023
Arizona Department of Corrections building
Arizona has new directors for its Department of Corrections and Department of Public Safety. Gov. Katie Hobbs announced Tuesday that Ryan Thornell will take over the DOC while Tempe Police Chief Jeffrey Glover will be the next head of the DPS.
Jan. 18, 2023
Arizona Department of Corrections building
A federal judge who previously concluded Arizona was providing inadequate medical and mental health care to prisoners said she will give the state three months to ensure it has enough health care professionals to meet constitutional standards.
Jan. 11, 2023

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