ADC In The News

Jim Currier Talks About Crashed Drone
November 17, 2017

In a first for Arizona prisons, guards at Lewis Prison in Buckeye recovered a crashed drone that was trying to deliver drugs and cell phones to inmates. Similar incidents have been happening around the country, and now, it has happened in the Valley. Keeping contraband out of prisons is a top priority for the state's Department of Corrections, but technology presented a new challenge at Lewis Prison. Investigators believe a drone tried to make a delivery to the prison yard in late September, but it crashed, and guards found the device, as well as the contraband.

Inmates at Perryville assemble care packages for troops (West Valley View photo by Jordan Christopher)
November 2, 2017

Perryville inmates and employees worked together to assemble care packages of donated items for troops at the prison Tuesday, October 24. The event – hosted by the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and Military Assistance Mission (MAM) – began at 7 a.m. The Arizona Department of Corrections held a drive from September 3 to October 20. Inmates participated in fundraisers, while ADC employees were encouraged to donate and collect items. ADC’s Correctional Officer Training Academy was heavily involved in the fundraising. Ultimately, more than $39,000 was raised, which went to MAM to use as it saw fit.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey talks about the upcoming wildfire season at the Capitol in Phoenix, Ariz., on April 11.
October 9, 2017

Arizona is starting a program designed to help newly released prisoners assimilate into their communities through fighting wildfires. The program is expected to begin in the next two months. And even though the first team of professional firefighters to be made solely of former inmates hasn't been chosen yet, administrators already refer to it with a term of endearment: The Phoenix Crew. Named for the state's capital as well as the mythological bird reborn from the ashes of its old life, the $1.5 million joint initiative between Arizona's Department of Corrections and Department of Forestry and Fire Management is a passion project of the state's first-term Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

Six-year-old Holly and her handler Officer Kevin Davis work at the Winslow Department of Corrections - Photo by Loretta Yerian
September 19, 2017

Around 100 officers, handlers and instructors descended on northern Arizona last week for annual dog handler training with Arizona’s Department of Corrections (DOC) K-9 units, tactical team and chase teams. Approximately 80 students and 20 trainers were in Williams Sept. 14 conducting scenario training with bloodhounds. Teams of eight to 10 people went through a series of morning and afternoon trainings, which included robberies, search and rescue and lost child scenarios.

Random county jail window
September 5, 2017

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has put tremendous effort into preparing inmates for reentry into society and preventing recidivism. Pima and Maricopa Counties now have reentry centers with the goal of assisting offenders in successfully completing their term of supervision by providing treatment alternatives to sending community corrections violators back to prison. ADC offers pre-and-post-release counseling and treatment services for inmates that have substance abuse issues including addiction treatment services, self-help/mutual help support groups, anger management, the Regaining Honor program for incarcerated veterans and financial planning.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey Discusses Career Training with ADC Inmates
August 15, 2017

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (KGUN-TV) - Prisoners at three state prisons are getting a chance to find a career from behind bars so that they're employed once they are released from incarceration. Gov. Doug Ducey officially unveiled the new program at the Lewis Prison Complex, in an effort to reduce recidivism.