Historic Budget Focuses on Public Safety for Arizona

July 6, 2021

(PHOENIX)— Arizona’s budget for Fiscal Year 2022 that includes significant investments in public safety has been signed by Governor Doug Ducey. 

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry thanks Governor Ducey, House Speaker Rusty Bowers, Senate President Karen Fann and the Arizona Legislature for prioritizing education, debt reduction and public safety while providing historic investments into infrastructure and economic competitiveness in this year’s budget. Because of their commitment to these priorities, Arizona is making major investments in staff retention strategies, life safety and rehabilitation and recidivism-reduction programs at our state’s correctional facilities.

“On behalf of the men and women of ADCRR, I want to thank the Governor and legislative leaders for delivering a budget that is public safety focused,” said ADCRR Director, David Shinn.  “These critical resources will have a significant impact on our efforts of recruiting and retaining correctional officers.  The more officer positions are filled, the more it will allow CO III and Sergeants to perform their core mission of inmate treatment and leadership.”

The Fiscal Year 2022 budget includes:

CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

• $30.7 million to provide Correctional Officers with 5% pay raises
• $1.6 million to create a new Corporal position at the Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry
• $5 million to expand substance abuse treatment programs for inmates at state prisons
• $22.2 million to fully fund building renewal to maintain facilities and infrastructure at state prisons
• $18.7 million to continue the phased and orderly closure of Arizona State Prison Complex-Florence
• $1.3 million to establish a Mental Health Transition Pilot Program for up to 500 inmates
• $28 million to increase rates for contracted providers of correctional services
• $25.6 million to repair critical fire systems and door systems at Arizona State Prison Complex-Eyman
• $17.3 million to replace radios for Correctional Officers
• $3.9 million to issue stab vests to all Correctional Officers
• $15 million to augment medical staffing at state prisons                                                                            

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