Inmate Death Notification - Reif

January 7, 2015

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

 

1601 W. JEFFERSON
PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85007
(602) 542-3133

www.azcorrections.gov

 

 

DOUGLAS A. DUCEY
GOVERNOR

CHARLES L. RYAN
DIRECTOR

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Doug Nick
[email protected]
Bill Lamoreaux
[email protected]

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Inmate Death Notification

FLORENCE (Wednesday January 7, 2015) – Inmate Justin Reif, 24 ADC#244623 died Monday, from an apparent suicide after medical responders attempted life saving measures.

Reif was sentenced to six and a half years in prison out of Maricopa County for aggravated assault.

He was most recently housed at ASPC – Eyman.

All inmate deaths are investigated in consultation with the county medical examiner’s office.

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Statement from Corrections Director Charles Ryan
regarding inmate suicides

“The Department of Corrections is dedicated to the safety and security of the general public, ADC personnel and the inmates in our custody.  Any inmate self-harm attempt is taken seriously and is thoroughly investigated.

This department has a goal of zero inmate suicides, and while one suicide is one too many, data from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics indicate that ADC’s rate of inmate suicides was approximately 17 per 100,000 from 2001-2012 (the most recent annual data available).  This is nearly identical to the overall rate for the entire state population. 

This data also shows that in terms of prison systems, 21 states had a higher rate than Arizona, 27 had a rate below, and one has the same rate as ADC. This places Arizona’s rate in alignment with national average. 

In 2009, ADC instituted enhanced measures to address this issue. Those strategies include an integrated approach to mental health and suicide prevention that combines environmental, programmatic, operational, training and staff considerations. This begins for every inmate upon arrival at ADC where they are assessed for any mental health, medical and dental issues.

Specifically, ADC has instituted additional inmate programming to address mental health and self-esteem concerns, enhanced officer patrol procedures to ensure ongoing observation of inmates in max custody units, made facility modifications such as enlarging cell windows to increase visibility and communication between inmates and staff, modified recreational enclosures to increase group contact and promote socialization, replaced individual classroom enclosures with secure desk chairs for programming classes, and installed televisions for self-paced inmate programming.”

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INMATE DEATHS
BY YEAR AND CAUSE

Inmate Deaths by Year and Cause
*FY 2015 as of 01/05/2015
**Actual inmate population as of 01/05/2015
Includes ADC and Contract Beds
ADP – Average Daily Population (for Fiscal Year)
Cause of death figures are subject to change based on official medical examiner reports, which may be issued in a subsequent month.