Arizona prisons are notorious reservoirs of criminal behavior, and apparently that's just the staff. No joke. Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan admits as much in a recent post to his "Director's Desk" blog, wherein he states that "in the past four and a half years, there hav ... More >>
Marcia Powell, whose death remains unavengedThe Maricopa County Attorney's Office did not review a 3,000 page internal Arizona Department of Corrections investigation into the 2009 cage death of Perryville Prison inmate Marcia Powell.The County Attorney's office last week declined to prosecute anyon ... More >>
Warden Sandra Walker, suspended for 40 hours without pay in the Solis incident A warden, a deputy warden, and a regional director have all been suspended several days without pay as a result of an inmate being kept in an outdoor cage overnight at the Arizona State Prison Complex in T ... More >>
Sadly, Marcia Powell may never get justiceThe Maricopa County Attorney's Office has chosen not to prosecute Arizona Department of Corrections staff in the death of inmate Marcia Powell.Powell, 48, died May 20, 2009, after being kept in a human cage in Goodyear's Perryville Prison for at le ... More >>
Marcia Powell, who died in ADC custody May 20 The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office has released the autopsy report and toxicology results for Marcia Powell, the 48-year-old woman who died May 20 after being confined to a human cage at Perryville Prison in Goodyear for some four h ... More >>
ADC's initial mug shot of Marcia Powell... ADC's new, more flattering photo of Powell... The remains of 48-year-old Marcia Powell, who died May 20 after being confined to a human cage at Perryville Prison for at least four hours in the punishing Arizona sun, are being held by t ... More >>
Marcia Powell, who died last week after being left in a human cage at Perryville Prison As I mentioned in this week's Bird column, a group of Phoenix advocates and activists have banded together to hold a memorial service for Marcia Powell, the 48-year-old woman who died last week at ... More >>
Could you come back in about six months? See, the jury's still out.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 R ... More >>
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