From the article: “Two Arizona Department of Corrections officers have been terminated, and a third forced to resign, following an incident in which excessive use of force was used on an inmate inside Arizona State Prison Complex-Yuma.”
From the article: “The prison is investigating the cause of the fight, which broke out in the Whetstone Unit. Nearly 1,250 prisoners are housed in that unit, which is one of eight at the prison.”
Holy cow. 1,250 inmates in one unit? And there are eight of them? Sounds awful even before the fight.
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From the article: “A 21-year-old male resident of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation is accused of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old female inmate after they were placed in the same cell in a tribal jail in rural eastern Arizona.”
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From the article: “About 200 inmates at an Arizona prison fought each other for up to a half hour Thursday, injuring several inmates and a guard, correction officials said.”
According to the article, staff were able to secure the yard without the use of force. I cannot picture how this could happen, but my idealistic side has high hopes that it is true.
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From the article: “Ryan said the incident occurred when a diabetic inmate who also has hepatitis C was administered a routine dose of insulin by the nurse on Aug. 27. The needle used on that inmate was inserted into another vial to draw more insulin for the same inmate.”
“Ryan said the contaminated needle was inserted into a vial which was then put back among other vials in the prison’s medication refrigerator. It got mixed up with other vials used throughout that day to administer insulin injections to more than 100 other diabetic inmates. Later that day, Ryan said, officials realized that the vial that potentially had been tainted with hepatitis C may have been used to dose other inmates.”
“A kitchen supervisor at a federal prison in Phoenix was arrested this week on suspicion of having sexual relations with two inmates in exchange for cigarettes, according to federal court documents.”
From the article: “The state Department of Corrections on Friday evening awarded a multimillion-dollar private-prison contract to Corrections Corporation of America, which has employed lobbyists close to Gov Jan. Brewer in its effort to win the bid.”
Not everyone’s thrilled.
“‘If you place two of your lobbyists at the right and left hand of the governor of the state and she has the final say and oversight of the Department of Corrections, I would say that’s a pretty smart business strategy,” said Caroline Isaacs of the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group and opponent of Arizona’s private-prison expansion.”
From the article: “In a last-ditch effort, private-prison opponents called on Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday to scuttle a contract that is expected to be awarded Friday for 1,000 medium-security beds for men.
A coalition of elected officials, educators and faith leaders sent an open letter to Brewer, saying the beds are costly and unnecessary. They also contend the five out-of-state companies bidding to run a new prison facility have histories of questionable management practices and safety problems.”