ADC In The News

Major Dwayne Mormon Interviewed by KVOA
December 6, 2017

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.

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.

ADC Press Releases

December 7, 2017

Inmate Juan C. Nunley, ADC #181063, who walked away Wednesday from a supervised off-site work crew, has been safely taken back into custody

December 6, 2017

Inmate Juan C. Nunley, ADC #181063, walked away from a supervised off-site work crew Wednesday near the ASPC-Safford sewage pond. Nunley, a minimum-custody inmate housed at ASPC-Safford, returned to prison in 2014 after being convicted out of Pima County to serve 7 years for theft and trafficking in stolen property.

October 24, 2017

Inmate Randy N. Aguilar, 29, ADC #219831, died on October 23 after staff conducting a security check discovered him in his cell engaged in an apparent act of self-harm using a bed sheet tied to a bunk rail. Staff immediately intervened and attempted life-saving measures until paramedics arrived. Aguilar was returned to ADC custody on October 17 after violating terms of his community supervision on a sentence out of Maricopa County to 10.5 years for armed robbery.