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Death Row "Last Meals" May Be Becoming Thing of Past

9 years ago by Paul Rubin
We wrote a little story for this paper in the Dark Ages (before, yikes, the Internet!) about the last meals that Arizona's death row inmates order in advance should their time ever come.     We asked Mike Arra, then the public-information officer for the Arizona corrections department, to provide us...
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Snuff, Already The Arizona Department of Corrections seems to be suffering some insecurity about what it does. A New Times writer called the DOC last week and asked to be put on the waiting list to witness an execution. DOC spokesman Mike Arra replied that he didn't think there was...
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Jailhouse Shock

22 years ago by Chris Farnsworth
The Arizona Department of Corrections has fired a sergeant at the Aspen facility in Phoenix after an investigation confirmed reports of misconduct with inmates. Ben Sanders was dismissed April 20 after DOC found he had slapped one inmate, licked tongues with another and may have kissed several others. "This is...
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JAILHOUSE ROCK THE BOATINMATE WHO BLEW WHISTLE ON MAIL-BURNING NOW A "SUPERMAXIMUM-SECURITY" RISK

25 years ago by Amy Silverman
Bryan Gilliam knows that crime doesn't pay; the 20-year-old is serving a five-year sentence for car theft. Now he may be learning that truthfulness doesn't pay, either. While incarcerated at Fort Grant, a minimum-security prison near Safford, Gilliam took training to become a legal assistant. That, combined with the fact...
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TRUST FUND TROUBLES

25 years ago by Terry Greene
Twenty-three years ago, Arizona lawmakers set up a trust fund for the state's prisoners. The lawmakers' idea was simple enough--profits generated from prison convenience stores, hobby shops and the prisoners' telephone system would go into a Special Services Fund that would be held in trust by the Arizona Department of...
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Flashes 05-11-2000

Rev. Ev Meets Mad MaxJust when Eyes Wide Shut had convinced you that fiction can be stranger than truth, along comes truth to goose you once again. To wit: Impeached former governor Evan Mecham is finally going to prison. But it's not for any crime. He's going to visit convicted...
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DRESSED TO KILL

28 years ago by Tom Fitzpatrick
You are now free to discuss your observations," Mike Arra said. Arra is the prison official supervising the media members who witnessed the killing. Arra is a onetime television personality turned prison public relations man. He once worked for Channel 10 but went into prison work when it became obvious...
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Jailhouse Blues

22 years ago by Chris Farnsworth
A sergeant at the Aspen Correctional Facility in Phoenix is under investigation by the Arizona Department of Corrections for possible sexual misconduct. At least four prisoners are involved in the investigation, and one says Sergeant Ben Sanders made sexual advances to him and touched him inappropriately. The inmate also says...
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Feds Sue Arizona

23 years ago by Tony Ortega
Janet Reno, U.S. attorney general, made good on a threat by filing a civil rights lawsuit against the State of Arizona on Monday. The lawsuit could result in yet another instance in which a judge will oversee certain aspects of the prison system--an arrangement loathed by Governor J. Fife Symington...
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POST TOASTIESPRISON INMATES CLAIM CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS TORCHED THEIR MAIL

25 years ago by Amy Silverman
In recent months, government officials have challenged Arizona prison inmates' rights to receive magazines like Playboy in the mail. The courts have upheld the prisoners' rights. But it's apparently a hollow victory for inmates at one state prison. According to inmates who say they witnessed the crime, employees at the...

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