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Legal Beat

Judge: Arizona violates prisoners’ rights with poor care – Associated Press

A judge ruled Arizona has been violating the constitutional rights of incarcerated people in state-run prisons by providing them with inadequate medical and mental health care, saying the state has known about the problem for years but refused to correct its failures. In a blistering verdict Thursday, U.S. District Judge Roslyn Silver concluded the state’s

Criminal Justice Reform

The Arizona Legislature Is Ignoring A Crisis in Our Prisons – Pat Nolan

Arizona’s prisons are in crisis. On every level they are failing – and have been failing for years. Yet, despite this abysmal record, the Legislature remains passive, shirking their duty to oversee state agencies. These are just a few recent incidents: Cell doors at several prison facilities did not lock properly. Prison officials knew this

State

Arizona Department of Corrections fined $1.1 million for neglecting health care benchmarks

For the second time since 2019, the Arizona Department of Corrections has been found in contempt for its failure to follow health care guidelines designed to protect prisoners. In a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Roslyn Silver fined the Arizona Department of Corrections Rehabilitation & Reentry $1.1 million for neglecting health care guidelines the department agreed to

COVID-19

‘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. The combination left prisoners “highly vulnerable to outbreaks,” the attorneys wrote in a letter to the state before asking

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