ADCRR Press Releases

November 7, 2014

The Arizona Department of Corrections is preparing to open its newest Maximum Custody facility, which is part of the Rast Unit of the Lewis Prison Complex in Buckeye. The housing structure will house 500 inmates beginning on December 1st. “Public safety is of primary importance to the Department of Corrections, and developing added capacity for the highest custody offenders is part of that job,” said Director Charles Ryan. “More than 71 percent of the offenders in our custody have a violent criminal history, and Max Custody housing of this type is essential to safely incarcerating inmates that present the highest level of risk to the public, ADC personnel and other inmates.”

October 31, 2014

This Friday capped off a busy week statewide for Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) K-9 teams and their handlers. Teams were dispatched to several high-profile incidents to assist local law enforcement authorities in western Maricopa County, Winslow and Show Low.

October 29, 2014

Inmate fire crews from the Arizona Department of Corrections have responded to a total of 163 incidents such as fires, abatement and work projects in 2014, including the official fire season, which occurs from April through the end of October. Inmates comprise a total of 11 crews at eight Arizona prison complexes statewide: Douglas, Florence, Lewis (Buckeye), Perryville (female crew), Safford, Tucson, Winslow and Yuma. They are assigned through the Arizona State Forestry Division.

October 21, 2014

Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan issued the following statement regarding the employees injured in a vehicle accident in Buckeye Monday night: “Shortly after 9 PM Monday night, a Department of Corrections vanpool vehicle transporting seven ADC personnel to their jobs at the Lewis Prison Complex in Buckeye was struck by a civilian vehicle near Highway 85 and Hazen Rd. The ADC employees were taken to local hospitals. Four have been discharged; the remaining three will require additional treatment. I join the entire department in offering our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery."