• News

    February 5, 2004

    Covering Tracks

    State officials made dubious decisions and then whitewashed their actions

  • Music

    January 8, 2004

    Cellblock Salsa

    Obie Bermudez, Jerry Rivera, and Vico C bring an unfiltered prison consciousness back to Puerto Rican pop

  • News

    November 27, 2003

    Locked Up

    Despite promises of true reform, legislators appear bent on shelling out more money to private prison companies

  • News

    November 6, 2003


    Letters from the week of November 6, 2003

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    October 23, 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.

  • Film

    August 28, 2003

    Habitat for Inhumanity

    The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters undermine both the Catholic Church and the popular image of Ireland

  • News

    June 26, 2003
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    June 12, 2003

    Outlaw Dumping

    State prison officials wanted tons of deadly asbestos to disappar. So they made the inmates do the job.

  • News

    January 23, 2003

    Jailhouse Justice

    New evidence suggests Sheriff Joe's running his empire as if it were a Mexican prison

  • News

    December 26, 2002

    Jail Bait

    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?

  • News

    November 21, 2002

    Life Interrupted

    Derrick Allen was ruined thanks to a shoddy investigation. It's time he be given his life back.

  • News

    September 12, 2002

    Dead Men Talking

    The ACLU is fighting a state law that keeps death row inmates off the Web

  • News

    August 8, 2002

    The Vampire Strikes Back

    An underground newsletter is drawing blood at the Department of Corrections

  • News

    August 8, 2002

    See You in October

    Federal investigation into juvenile corrections broad but slow

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Arizona's Worst Criminal

    Infamous killer Robert Comer now says he's the one who should die

  • News

    December 20, 2001

    The Kids Are Still Not Alright

    Despite public scrutiny, abuse continues at the state's juvenile corrections facilities

  • News

    November 15, 2001

    Lock Up, Rub Down

    State lawmakers push dubious Mexican drug rehab program

  • News

    September 27, 2001

    Solitary Man

    Convict wins release from super-max security in Aryan Brotherhood case

  • News

    September 20, 2001

    Schmidt Happens

    After 26 days, pugnacious publicist gets out of jail

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Pay Back

    Promoter David Hans Schmidt mouthed off to the cops, the county attorney and Sheriff Joe. He believes it landed him back in jail.

  • News

    August 16, 2001

    Shocking Accusations

    Is Scottsdale weapons manufacturer Taser International saving lives or supplying tools for torturers?

  • News

    July 5, 2001

    Kid Row

    Isolated, abused and lacking mental health care, do juvenile offenders leave state custody in worse shape than when they went in?

  • News

    March 15, 2001

    Begging Your Pardon

    Fife Symington's free and Michael Hester's not. But thanks to the ex-governor's oversight, that may soon change.

  • News

    November 30, 2000

    Devils' Advocate

    Karl Whitmire is a sex offender's best friend

  • News

    November 11, 1999

    See Ya Later, Litigator

    Notorious jailhouse lawyer turned quick-change artist finally tastes freedom

  • News

    October 14, 1999

    Marked Man

    Felix Medina and his gang compatriots ruthlessly ruled a south central neighborhood. Now the party's over.

  • News

    September 23, 1999

    Chain Reaction

    Why some inmates dig the pauper-planting female chain gang

  • News

    April 22, 1999

    Detention Mounts

    County jails are understaffed, but there seems to be plenty of money for the sheriff's pet projects

  • News

    February 18, 1999
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    December 17, 1998
  • News

    October 1, 1998

    Dead Man Balking

    Death row inmate wants to finish a 100-year robbery sentence before he's executed

  • News

    September 24, 1998

    Billion-Dollar Bad Guys

    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.

  • News

    August 27, 1998

    Paying the Price

    The sheriff's not talking, but records reveal that taxpayers are spending big bucks to defend controversial jail operations

  • News

    June 11, 1998

    Caged Hit

    Inmate's family files claim against state for gang-related murder

  • News

    May 21, 1998

    Jailhouse Shock

    Investigation into "reprehensible" sexual misconduct at state corrections facility leads to a guard's dismissal

  • News

    April 16, 1998
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    April 2, 1998

    Custody Battle

    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.

  • News

    March 5, 1998

    Jailhouse Blues

    State prison guard investigated for sexual misconduct

  • News

    February 5, 1998

    Curtains for Ceja

    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.

  • News

    January 15, 1998

    Hog-Tied by the Truth

    For the second time, a federal investigator has found appalling conditions in the county jails

  • News

    December 11, 1997
  • News

    November 20, 1997

    Indecent Exposure

    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.

  • News

    September 18, 1997

    Human Plights

    International group urges immediate stop to Arpaio jail practices

  • News

    September 11, 1997
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    July 24, 1997

    Keeping 'em in Stitches

    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,

  • News

    July 24, 1997
  • News

    July 17, 1997

    Public Pays in Jail Death

    County pays $50,000 in case of inmate who committed suicide while jailers watched a video of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

  • Music

    March 27, 1997

    Who's the Man?

    With Suge Knight in prison, onetime receptionist Norris Anderson is now the big man on Death Row

  • News

    March 13, 1997

    Feds Sue Arizona

    State accused of "failing to protect women inmates from sexual misconduct" involving prison guards

  • News

    March 6, 1997

    Feds Slam Sexual Misconduct

    An 18-month investigation finds an "unconstitutional pattern" in women's prisons in Arizona

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