Arizona Prisons

Three incarcerated women living in the same unit at the Perryville prison in Goodyear say the Arizona Department of Corrections is withholding toilet paper and feminine hygiene products. KJZZ is not identifying the women or their unit because they all expressed fear of retaliation for contacting the press.
Dec. 27, 2019
Sergio Almanza
Advocacy letters filed by the ACLU in federal court on behalf of incarcerated people in Arizona accuse health care workers in state prisons of falsifying medical records and endangering the lives of their patients.
Dec. 5, 2019
Arizona Capitol building
Arizona state Rep. Diego Rodriguez says privatized health care for inmates in state prisons is a failed experiment whose time has come to an end. Rodriguez has authored a new bill that he says will undo the privatization that was mandated by the state legislature 10 years ago.
Dec. 5, 2019
A new report from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality shows the state is concerned that a well supplying water to a state prison in Douglas could be contaminated.
Nov. 21, 2019
arizona prison cell
A federal judge is giving the parties in the Parsons vs. Ryan prison health care lawsuit 60 days to renegotiate a settlement over conditions in Arizona prisons. In 2012, the original lawsuit was filed in federal court alleging unconstitutional health care conditions for people incarcerated in state prisons.
Nov. 13, 2019
Arizona Department of Corrections building
Attorneys representing the men and women incarcerated in Arizona prisons say the state is not living up to a years-old settlement regarding prison health care conditions, and the matter should be resolved with a trial.
Nov. 5, 2019
Arizona Department of Corrections building
After inmates in the Douglas prison complained their drinking water was brown and tasted like diesel fuel, the Arizona Department of Corrections has confirmed water at the prison had a “noticeable petroleum odor and taste.”
Oct. 21, 2019
Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse
A federal judge overseeing a prison health care settlement between inmates and the Arizona Department of Corrections says the case has gone on long enough.
Oct. 14, 2019
Arizona Department of Corrections building
An expert hired by a federal judge to review Arizona’s prison health care system says the state is wasting money and risking patient safety by forcing the Department of Corrections to contract with a private vendor.
Oct. 3, 2019
James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals Building
In 2018 a Federal judge fined Arizona $1.4 million for poor health care conditions in Arizona prisons. The judge had warned the state after years of litigating the Parsons v. Ryan prison health care settlement, that such fines were imminent if the Department of Corrections kept failing basic performance benchmarks.
Sep. 24, 2019
Arizona Department of Corrections building
Arizona will challenge fines levied against the Arizona Department of Corrections in oral arguments at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday. The Parsons v. Ryan lawsuit was settled in 2014 with inmates and Department of Corrections officials agreeing to a set of conditions that would improve prison health care.
Sep. 22, 2019
Arizona inmates
Lawyers representing an incarcerated class of plaintiffs in the ongoing Parsons v. Ryan prison health care settlement say the time has come for action.
Sep. 6, 2019
Ashley Wilkeyson
While incarcerated in an Arizona prison, Ashley Wilkeyson injured her leg. Bills for the subsequent medical treatment were erroneously sent to Wilkeyson’s family and her own address during her incarceration and for more than a year after her release.
Aug. 23, 2019
Nathan Alvarez's x-rays
As Arizona transitions from one prison health care contractor to another, many inmates say they are being left in the balance to suffer without treatment. One man’s injury and subsequent medical neglect will make it much harder for him to return to society.
Formerly Incarcerated Say Early Release Bill Had Unintended Consequences
Jul. 29, 2019
Arizona Department of Corrections
The Arizona Department of Corrections reported that water service at the Yuma prison was fully restored to all units and conservation measures had been lifted.
Jun. 17, 2019
Arizona Department of Corrections building
The Arizona Department of Corrections says running water has been restored at the Douglas state prison after an outage to the main supply was reported last week.
Jun. 11, 2019
Arizona Department of Corrections building
As temperatures approach 100 degrees, the water system is not working at an Arizona state prison housing more than 2,000 people.
Jun. 10, 2019
Arizona Department of Corrections building
The Arizona Department of Corrections has confirmed two cases of hepatitis A in inmates in state prisons. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus, and is normally transmitted from person to person or through contaminated food or water.
May. 30, 2019
A report submitted in federal court by attorneys representing inmates in Arizona prisons says pregnant women are suffering from "deficient" and "dangerous" prenatal and postnatal care.
May. 20, 2019
arizona prison cell
One of the nation's largest correctional health care providers, Corizon Health, will pay $950,000 to plaintiffs who alleged the company was in violation the Americans With Disabilities Act.
May. 17, 2019

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