Letters from the week of November 6, 2003
Arizona's prisons are packed. Building more would cost millions. Governor Janet Napolitano wants to lockup even more people. But others say it may be time to let a few out.
The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland
State prison officials wanted tons of deadly asbestos to disappar. So they made the inmates do the job.
New evidence suggests Sheriff Joe's running his empire as if it were a Mexican prison
A prisoner was nearly beaten to death behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. Was he set up by Sheriff Joe's henchmen?
Derrick Allen was ruined thanks to a shoddy investigation. It's time he be given his life back.
The ACLU is fighting a state law that keeps death row inmates off the Web
An underground newsletter is drawing blood at the Department of Corrections
Federal investigation into juvenile corrections broad but slow
Infamous killer Robert Comer now says he's the one who should die
Despite public scrutiny, abuse continues at the state's juvenile corrections facilities
State lawmakers push dubious Mexican drug rehab program
Convict wins release from super-max security in Aryan Brotherhood case
After 26 days, pugnacious publicist gets out of jail
Promoter David Hans Schmidt mouthed off to the cops, the county attorney and Sheriff Joe. He believes it landed him back in jail.
Is Scottsdale weapons manufacturer Taser International saving lives or supplying tools for torturers?
Isolated, abused and lacking mental health care, do juvenile offenders leave state custody in worse shape than when they went in?
Fife Symington's free and Michael Hester's not. But thanks to the ex-governor's oversight, that may soon change.
Karl Whitmire is a sex offender's best friend
Notorious jailhouse lawyer turned quick-change artist finally tastes freedom
Felix Medina and his gang compatriots ruthlessly ruled a south central neighborhood. Now the party's over.
Why some inmates dig the pauper-planting female chain gang
County jails are understaffed, but there seems to be plenty of money for the sheriff's pet projects
Death row inmate wants to finish a 100-year robbery sentence before he's executed
The county's jails are crammed full. But not with the dangerous felons backers of an initiative to raise money for new jails would have you believe.
The sheriff's not talking, but records reveal that taxpayers are spending big bucks to defend controversial jail operations
Inmate's family files claim against state for gang-related murder
Investigation into "reprehensible" sexual misconduct at state corrections facility leads to a guard's dismissal
Hundreds of inmates in state prisons need special protection from gang paybacks. When officials tried to mix them in with the general-prison population, they filed suit--and won.
State prison guard investigated for sexual misconduct
As a teen, Jose Ceja killed two people and was sentenced to die. He spent 23 years on death row as a model prisoner, and then his sentencing judge admitted he'd made a mistake. But the state of Arizona killed him anyway.
For the second time, a federal investigator has found appalling conditions in the county jails
They spent months covered in the dust and dirt of a prison renovation. Now, dozens of officers and inmates say the state risked their lives by making them work with asbestos.
International group urges immediate stop to Arpaio jail practices
Crohn's disease sufferer Damon Dreckmeier was sentenced to 111 days in the county jail. Denied a few dollars' worth of daily prescription medication, he was rushed to the hospital five times, undergoing two surgeries. Taxpayers will pay for his treatment,
County pays $50,000 in case of inmate who committed suicide while jailers watched a video of Sheriff Joe Arpaio
With Suge Knight in prison, onetime receptionist Norris Anderson is now the big man on Death Row
State accused of "failing to protect women inmates from sexual misconduct" involving prison guards
An 18-month investigation finds an "unconstitutional pattern" in women's prisons in Arizona