From the Director's Desk

October 1, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the chances are great that virtually everyone who works in the Department of Corrections knows, or at least knows of, someone who has battled this terrible disease. As a department, we are committed to raising awareness and supporting those who are personally affected by breast cancer. A number of public events will be held in October to help support for research, treatment, and greater early detection efforts. If you’re interested in helping, please contact the American Cancer Society at http://cancer.org, or http://makingstrideswalk.org for more information on what you can do to be a part of this important cause.

September 25, 2014

Our employees are our greatest resource at the Department of Corrections.  In an effort to show our continued commitment to health and wellness, Governor Brewer and the Arizona Department of Administration, through Benefit Options Wellness, are announcing a wellness enhancement to the 2015 Plan Year.  Effective October 1, 2014, all employees who are eligible for benefits will have a new opportunity to improve and maintain their overall health through the Health Impact Program (HIP).

HIP is a point based incentive program for all benefits-eligible State of Arizona employees.  It encourages participation in a variety of wellness activities, while logging progress toward an end goal of 500 points. Upon successful completion, participants will be eligible for up to $200 scheduled to be paid directly through payroll in November, 2015.

September 9, 2014

13 years ago, this great nation was attacked in a cowardly and despicable manner by extremists who loathe our freedoms and our way of life.

Much has transpired since that terrible day in 2001, but we remain the finest country on earth, and Americans will not shy away from protecting the values that shape the United States of America.

I am honored, as the Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, to preside over a group of dedicated men and women who cherish the ideals of our nation and who will pause, along with all Americans, to recognize the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

August 25, 2014

The path to a higher education cannot be taken without financial help.  And I am happy to announce that the way has been made a little smoother for the children of two ADC employees who’ve each been awarded $1,000 scholarships through the Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship.

Jordan Farinksy and Ethan Powell have received the scholarship, which is provided through the Association of State Correctional Administrators.

Farinsky is the daughter of CO III Heather Dison, who works at the department’s Eyman Complex in Florence.  She will pursue a degree in criminal justice and business at Northern Arizona University.

Powel is the son of ADC Criminal Investigator Tom Powell and will attend Arizona State University and will major in biochemistry.

August 13, 2014

I am pleased to report that more than three-thousand inmates successfully completed addiction or DUI treatment programs provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections in the most recent fiscal year, which ended June 30.

2,052 inmates concluded completed various substance abuse treatment programs, and another 1,123 inmates successfully completed Level I and Level II DUI treatment programs.

Typically in recent years, more than 20 percent of the inmates incarcerated in ADC facilities have been committed for a drug-related offense.  Many other crimes can be traced to some involvement with illicit substances.  And we are all familiar with the tragic consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Therefore, it is very important that substance abuse treatment programs are made available, and that they are effective.

August 7, 2014

The Arizona Department of Corrections has an impressive track record for creating great career opportunities for women.  Decades ago, the presence of a female officer might be considered noteworthy, but that was a much different era than the present day.

Today, the Arizona Department of Corrections employs thousands of women everywhere in the uniform ranks, all the way up to the position of Warden.  Add to that the many women who fill important leadership roles in the administrative ranks at the Central Office.

This is a positive development in our department and in the corrections profession as a whole, but not enough of the general public may be aware of it.

In July, a step was taken to change that as Channel 9 in Tucson did a lengthy profile on three of ADC’s female corrections professionals.

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