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.
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.
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 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.