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.
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.
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.
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.