ADC In The News

Fort Grant Wildland Fire Crew
April 20, 2017

Inmate crews busy fighting fires in southern Arizona, with the Fort Grant Wildland Fire Crew having responded to a dozen brush fires in southern Arizona since March 1. Supervisors lead the team of 18 inmates who are qualified in fighting fires and fire prevention.

ABC 15 Reports on Ex-Felon Firefighter
March 16, 2017

ABC15 Arizona reports on a former felon with Arizona Department of Corrections who is parlaying job training while imprisoned into a firefighting opportunity on the outside. ... These inmate fire crews are a shining example of how to rehabilitate prisoners and prevent recidivism, according to the governor’s office. The governor’s budget proposal this year calls for millions of dollars in new spending to reduce prion recidivism, including a post-release fire crew.

Wildland Fire Crew Group Photo
March 6, 2017

Six years after the Monument Fire and four years after residents of Ramsey Canyon started working together to increase wildfire mitigation efforts in their community, combined efforts of the public, fire officials and private business show improvement. The Arizona Forestry Division-Wildland Fire Hazardous Fuels reduction program in Ramsey Canyon, is a collaboration between the Fry Fire District, Arizona State Forestry, the Nature Conservancy, the Ramsey Canyon Firewise Community and the University of Arizona South.

Regaining Honor Program Discussed on NBC Nightly News
February 27, 2017

The Arizona Corrections Department established a work program at a local veterans cemetery and prepares special meals for Veterans Day and Memorial Day. It also opened a veterans' garden where inmates are working to create a certified way-station for migrating monarch butterflies. Deputy Warden Dionne Martinez said that 50 inmates have been released since their pod opened a year and a half ago; officials know of only one who has ended up back in custody. Now they are trying to start a program for women.

ADC Press Releases

April 24, 2017

Inmate Jesse J. Arvizo, 27, ADC #241872, died on April 23 from an apparent act of self-harm. Staff observed him unresponsive in his assigned housing location and began performing life-saving measures until paramedics arrived. All inmate deaths are investigated in consultation with the county medical examiner’s office.

April 17, 2017

Criminal investigators with the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) are investigating the death of inmate Miguel A. Camacho, 39, ADC #167996, as a suspected homicide. Prison employees attempted life saving measures on inmate Camacho late Friday, April 14, upon observing him unresponsive at his assigned housing location. Responding paramedics pronounced inmate Camacho deceased shortly after 10:30 p.m.

February 15, 2017

Criminal investigators with the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) are investigating the death of inmate Apollo Ortega, 31, ADC #249551, as a potential homicide. Prison staff attempted life saving measures upon observing inmate Ortega unresponsive at his assigned housing location. Responding paramedics pronounced him dead on Monday, February 13.