ADC In The News

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.

Horse at Sunset in Florence AZ
February 28, 2017

More than a dozen men in orange, with the initials of the Arizona Department of Corrections stenciled on their shirts, are caring for 35 wild horses and burros on grounds about 50 miles southeast of Phoenix. The men shovel fresh hay into stalls, the wind carrying wisps into the air. They start to groom the horses. Rick Kline, an inmate at the Arizona State Prison in Florence, helps care for and train wild horses and burros the state captures and offers for adoption. The Bureau of Land Management funds and oversees a program that annually provides about 120 wild horses and burros for adoption, according to its website. The mission is to reduce the population to prevent overgrazing. First, the animals need to be domesticated after they’re transferred from a holding facility. Inmates train and care for the horses and burros for three or four months at the prison. Inmates gain an education beyond learning to train horses.

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

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.

February 9, 2017

A new program at the Maricopa Reentry Center is giving former prisoners a second chance. It's an intensive treatment program, aimed at helping ex-prisoners that are dealing with addiction problems -- based off of a program here in Pima County. The program also is aimed at reducing prison populations across the state, by trying to get people to not re-offend.

January 17, 2017

Criminal investigators with the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) are investigating the death of inmate Joseph Wozny, 31, ADC #194460, as a suspected homicide. Prison staff attempted life saving measures upon observing inmate Wozny unresponsive at his assigned housing location on January 6. Responding paramedics transported him off-site to Abrazo West Campus Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on January 15. Investigators with ADC’s Criminal Investigations Unit suspect that inmate Wozny died as a result of injuries he received during an assault by other inmate(s).