ADC In The News
There’s an unlikely group of men in Arizona helping to rehabilitate and train wild horses and burros captured by the Bureau of Land Management. The trainers aren't your typical cowboys wearing cowboy boots and hats. Instead, they’re dressed in orange and make no more than 80 cents an hour. With giant fences and guard towers, you’ll find these trainers hard at work about 65 miles away from Downtown Phoenix at the State Prison in Florence.
It started out as just another day at work for Gloria Waddell in the kitchen at the Hayden Senior Center. While eating something, a piece of food became lodged in her throat. She found herself unable to breathe or communicate with her fellow workers. The other people working in the kitchen saw what was happening but panicked and did not know what to do. Gloria was turning blue and felt herself, going limp and about to blackout. “I thought, this is it. I’m going to die,” Gloria said. At that time a prison inmate worker, Louie Ojeda, who was working in the back of the kitchen, came to her rescue. Louie is a prison inmate from Arizona State Prison in Globe.
ADC Senior Chaplain Delbert Henderson (ASPC-Phoenix) and Chaplain Sam Lee (ASPC-Florence) were recent guests on The God Show hosted by longtime valley broadcaster Pat McMahon. The experience and stories they share provide listeners with an interesting and insightful look into the world of faith inside Arizona prisons.
The Arizona State Prison Complex in Yuma has a program which allows inmates with artistic abilities to create something for the community. Recently they built a replica of the Yuma Territorial Prison as a float of the Silver Spur Rodeo Parade. “Some of the inmates have a very artistic ability so that’s how we select them and we also have different programs through the Arizona Department of Corrections that help us identify inmates," warden, Carla Hacker-Agnew told News 11. She also said it helps inmates learn different skills that they can utilize once they are released back out into society.
The Humane Society of Yuma has a long standing partnership with the Arizona Department of Corrections. The Humane Society of Yuma employs inmates Monday through Friday to clean the facility, do laundry, clean dishes and to feed the animals. This program is essential to the Humane Society of Yuma; the inmates provide labor that would otherwise be too costly to employ at a regular rate. “Being a non-profit, it would be practically impossible for us to actually hire this many people. The inmate program allows us to keep our employee costs down while never jeopardizing the care of the animals we house” says Annette Lagunas, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Yuma.
The Sonoita community came together today to show their appreciation for the Arizona Department of Corrections inmate work crews. The work crews clean and maintain the Santa Cruz County fair grounds and court house. Judge Keith Barth started the event as a way to show the inmates that the community appreciates the extra effort they put into serving on a work crew. Judge Barth says that in addition to serving their time, the inmates are taking the extra step to give back to the community while they pay their debt to society. And that is something that should be acknowledged.