Katherine HattenA Phoenix mom, who plead guilty to the second-degree murder of her 4-month-old son, was sentenced to decades in prison today in Maricopa County Superior Court.The Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced that 25-year-old Katherine Hatten got 37 years in prison for th ... More >>
Thousands of Arizona convicts held out-of-state in at least two private prisons would be coming home this year under budgets proposed by state leaders.The prisons in question are:* Huerfano County Correctional Center in Walsenburg, Colorado. Capacity: 752 beds. Held 676 Arizona inmates as of yesterd ... More >>
Arizona Department of Corrections Monte McCartyA man serving a life sentence for sex crimes was found dead of an apparent suicide at the Arizona State Prison Complex at Florence on Saturday.The inmate has been identified as 47-year-old Monte McCarty. Police say McCarty was pronounced dead ... More >>
Judge Gary Donahoe, chief of the Maricopa County Superior Court's criminal section, routinely lets criminals off without prison time, yet jailed a detention officer doing his job. That's the gist of a December 4 news release by the Sheriff's Office which cites six supposed examples of ... More >>
Tyson's mug after being booked into Maricopa County JailOne thing we failed to point out in our prior post about Mike Tyson's latest brush with the law is the fact that the former heavyweight champ is currently on probation here in Arizona.In case you forgot, in 2007 Iron Mike was convicted of mi ... More >>
Big Surf water park in Tempe will close at the end of Labor Day, perhaps for good. Golfland Entertainment Centers, which has operated the park since 1991, announced yesterday it will cease operations of the park to focus on its other ventures. The El Paso-based company that owns Big Surf has not ... More >>
The Valley family of one of the dead prison inmates we wrote about in February is suing the state, claiming the Department of Corrections knew the inmate was in danger and did nothing. Timothy Lucero (at right) was a pot violator and car thief who was scheduled to be released by 2011 ... More >>
Two new lawsuits against Maricopa County seem to emphasize why medical treatment for jail inmates needs improving. In one case, a diabetic man died of gangrene in 2007 after six weeks in the clink. The family of David McClurg alleges that even though McClurg himself ... More >>
Arizona Department of Corrections Michael Apelt (left) remains on death row, but Rudi Apelt can't be executedRudi Apelt, a German national whose brutal murder of a local woman led to a death sentence in 1989, got a reprieve from death row in May after his lawyers convinced a judge that he is ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons DMX has avoided more jail time in Phoenix.Earl Simmons, better known as rapper DMX, will not have to do more jail time in Phoenix.The hip-hop star, 38, was sentenced to supervised probation by the Maricopa County Superior Court today, for a charge stemming from his previous ... More >>
Joe had so much fun marching inmates awaiting trial in February, he's doing it again...In an attempt to recapture his status as an equal-opportunity sadist, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's reprising his 200 Mexican March, which inflamed the Hispanic community and civil rights activists back in February. Howeve ... More >>
Lawyers in a major lawsuit that sought better conditions for Maricopa County Jail inmates want the county to reimburse their $1.4 million in fees since a judge ruled in their favor. In October, U.S. District Court Judge Neil Wake ordered the county to allow pretrial inmates to take th ... More >>
Less than a week after our report on the high number of 2008 inmate homicides in Arizona prisons, the state Department of Corrections is reporting another possible stabbing. Maybe this latest incident will help draw attention to the inmate-on-inmate violence in state prisons -- which has appare ... More >>
Four men, possibly more, were killed by other inmates in Arizona state prisons last year, an unusually high number just one year after an inmate death spurred the firing of a warden and discipline for 13 guards.What's going on behind those walls?As reported in this blog back in October, 51-year-old ... More >>
Governor Jan Brewer's office has announced an interim replacement for Arizona Department of Correction's chief Dora Schriro, naming corrections veteran Charles Ryan to the post of Interim Director and appointing Charles Flanagan as Ryan's Interim Deputy. You can read the full press release below thi ... More >>
As you may have read elsewhere, Arizona Department of Corrections Director Dora Schriro has announced her resignation, and by the end of the week will have vacated her offices to follow ex-Governor Janet Napolitano to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Yet, what exactly she'll be doing there ... More >>
The folks at the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington D.C. sent us their informative year-end report in the aftermath of our recent piece on 93-year-old Viva Leroy Nash, the senior member of death row here in Arizona and nationwide. It shows that U.S. executions are down more than 60 ... More >>
Gary Karpin, the mouthy disbarred attorney-divorce mediator whose illegal courthouse antics cost his "clients" thousands of dollars and untold heartache, was sentenced on Friday afternoon to almost 16 years in prison. A courtroom packed mostly with the con artist's victims listened intently as Ma ... More >>
Whether the new slayings involve similar breakdowns in security or procedures at the prisons will be answered in investigative reports still being prepared, says Department of Corrections spokesman Nolberto Machiche.
Arizona Department of Corrections Eyman Complex By Ray Stern A 51-year-old Arizona prison inmate who was assaulted a week ago died of his injuries on Sunday, a prison spokesman confirmed this morning. The man's name and more information about the assault will be released later today, said Nolbert ... More >>
By John Dickerson In his ruling Thursday against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, U.S. District Judge Neil Wake cited a litany of unconstitutional problems in county jails: inadequate medical care, poor food, chronic overcrowding, and indifference to inmate health concerns. Jail medical personnel's prescribing ... More >>
Mark David Chapman was denied parole yesterday, for the fifth time. The man who murdered John Lennon on December 8, 1980 was sentenced to 20 years to life for his crime. The week before his parole hearing, the parole board received 50 letters and a petition signed by 1000 people opposing Chapman’s ... More >>
Tepec wants Sutherland to serve 1,000 hours or more of community service, in addition to a term of probation when she gets out of prison.
Corpses, a flesh-eating virus, the most-sued sheriff in America. Lawsuits against Joe Arpaio have cost us $41 million, so far
The unresolved Hart vs. Hill suit was filed 30 years ago in federal court. It brings up the same jailhouse abuses that occur today
A vengeful court puts an ailing old man behind bars likely his final resting place
From jeer to depravity
The pissed-off puffin paddles fellow journalists, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and an FBI monkey-spanker at U of A
Robert Comer wrote to New Times from prison for years, predicting recently that his soul would be in the real hell "soon enough"
Scammer Bob Owens whines that others are also at fault for his crimes, but he's sentenced to 10 years in prison anyway
A con man may be smart enough to escape death row by pretending hes mentally retarded. Are we dumb enough to buy it?
A con man who worked for high-powered Phoenix attorneys, and who himself impersonated a lawyer, plea-bargains to theft
A Phoenix man may serve five years in prison for get this voting
Abortion doctor Brian Finkel will remain in prison for at least 20 more years, after a recent appellate court loss
A murderer tells New Times that he wants desperately to die, but a U.S. appeals court won't let the state kill him
Maricopa County jail personnel handled an unruly prisoner so harshly that he died. So what else is new?
The County Attorney's Office declared war on a respected judge after he called a prosecutor's actions racist