ADC In The News
The Mohave Unit at Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC) Douglas Complex on Highway 191 made another rather large donation to a charitable organization recently. On Thursday, December 20, DOC Case Manager Tony De La Torre presented Alex Aragon, Senior Community Development Manager with the American Cancer Society (ACS) with a check for $5,870.26. This donation was made possible from an inmate fund raiser the Mohave Unit held. Aragon drove from Tucson to Douglas for the check presentation. De La Torre said the Mohave Unit held a fund raiser with the help of Dollar General manager Rafael Quintero and his staff. It was from this fund-raising event the donation was raised.
After spending more than a year carefully restoring Florence’s 1953 Ford firetruck to good running order and a shiny like-new appearance, Arizona State Prison and Central Arizona College officials proudly presented the vintage vehicle to Pinal County Historical Society Museum members and friends Nov. 29. “I kind of get the glory for everything,” Florence Complex Warden Kevin Curran told those present for the unveiling, “but Butch (Loudenslager), CAC, my Deputy Warden of Operations Jeff Van Winkle, all the inmates, came together to make this happen.”
The Governor and Cardinals players met with inmates who have graduated from an eight-week re-entry program, a Gov. Doug Ducey-backed initiative that has tripled in size since its creation early last year. The program aims to reduce recidivism by giving individualized attention, including job- and life-skills training, to prisoners considered "moderately or highly" likely to commit another crime upon release. It also recruits local employers willing to take a chance on convicted felons in the hopes that other companies will follow suit. "There are 42,090 men and women in Arizona state prisons," said Ducey, who — along with Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill and players Antoine Bethea and Corey Peters — toured a Second Chance center Tuesday.
According to the Arizona Department of Corrections, four out of 10 inmates will end up back in the prison system. However, a program recently started by Hickman's Family Farms is hoping to lower that number, by providing recently released inmates with a job, as well as a place to live.
Arizona Town Hall President Tara Jackson has organized community discussions all over the state. But Thursday was different. “We’ve never done anything like this," Jackson said. "The Department of Corrections has never done anything like this.” Participants gathered at the Eagle Point Second Chance Center, a lower security facility at the Arizona State Prison Complex – Lewis in Buckeye.
In a visitation room decorated with murals depicting the history of flight, space exploration, Frida Kahlo, American industrialism and the military, groups of people sat on plastic chairs around plastic tables, and talked. It was a community meeting held by Arizona Town Hall, an organization that focuses on one significant issue each year and brings together experts, policy makers and residents. Their 2018 topic is Criminal Justice in Arizona. They’re holding gatherings around the state.