ADC In The News

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.

ADC Press Releases

September 12, 2017

Criminal investigators with the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) are investigating the death of inmate Daniel J. Acosta, 26, ADC #283304, as a suspected homicide. Officers and medical responders attempted life saving measures on inmate Acosta Monday evening when he was found unresponsive in his assigned housing unit. Paramedics pronounced inmate Acosta deceased at 6:19 p.m.

September 5, 2017

Criminal investigators with the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) are investigating the death of inmate Joseph S. Zawacki, 46, ADC #081262, as a suspected homicide. Officers attempted life saving measures on inmate Zawacki this morning when they observed him unresponsive on the recreation field. Responding paramedics pronounced inmate Zawacki deceased at 6:00 a.m.

August 29, 2017

Inmate Christina L. Felix, ADC #318004, who walked away from a supervised off-site work crew Monday has been taken back into custody. Inmate Felix was apprehended in Coolidge shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday. Inmate Felix has been serving a 2.5 year sentence out of Pinal County for attempted theft means of transportation.