Governor Jan Brewer has asked all Arizonans to become more aware of the terrible problem of domestic violence as we mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I wholeheartedly join her in that effort.
Every 36 minutes, on average, in Arizona, a law enforcement officer responds to a domestic violence incident where a child is present. That makes an already bad situation even worse. And as corrections professionals, Arizona Department of Corrections staff members see inmates every day who are incarcerated for crimes that stem from violence in the home. It is a regrettable cycle that needs to stop.
Domestic violence is no respecter of age, gender, ethnicity or economic status. I urge all Arizonans to become more informed of how to prevent domestic violence. For more information, please visit the Arizona Dept. of Health Services website here: http://www.azdhs.gov/.
I had the opportunity recently to make visits to a number of our ADC prison complexes: ASPC Ft. Grant, ASPC-Safford-Tonto-Graham and ASPC Globe.
This trip was most positive. In the cases of Ft. Grant and Globe I took the opportunity to make unannounced visits and found both facilities in excellent shape and under high-quality leadership.
My time at the Safford Complex was also very productive because we had the chance to bring in more than a dozen community leaders from Graham County, the Town of Pima, City of Safford, and the Town of Thatcher to show them the complex, its operations, and the positive economic impact the Department's presence brings to this region of Arizona. I received many positive comments on behalf of the Department during my time at the complex.
I'm very pleased to see first-hand that our operations are in capable hands at all times and our team is constantly striving for excellence.
Our nation is recovering from another tragedy in which lives were lost at the hands of a disturbed gunman who took innocent lives.
The events at the Washington Navy Yard serve as another reminder that we live in a dangerous and unpredictable world.
The entire Arizona Department of Corrections has joined all Arizonans in commemorating this terrible event and we honor those who lost their lives. Through sunset on September 20th, our flags will fly at half staff at all ADC complexes and offices at the direction of Gov. Jan Brewer.
I join our Governor in asking all Arizonans to pause and pay tribute to the men and women who died, and to give thanks for our fellow First Responders who bravely brought the situation under control and treated those who suffered harm.
Charles L. Ryan
Today ADC marked the twelfth anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. An emotional tribute was held at each of the ten state prisons, central office and the training academy. Officers, staff and inmates observed the ceremonial lowering of the American flag this morning.
I encourage you to read the full story of today's events, including photos from each location on the following link: Arizona Department of Corrections Officers, Civilian Staff and Inmates Mark Precise Moments of 9-11 Attacks.
Charles L. Ryan
I am proud to announce that all ten state prison complexes received recognition for contributions during the LETR campaign in 2012. Together, we again raised the most funds for athletes here in Arizona. During all of 2012, ADC combined to raise $194,000. The efforts at each prison complex helped LETR surpass the $750,000 mark for the first time. LETR's goal in 2013 is $1million, and with your help, we hope to achieve this mark for the first time in Arizona!
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Central Office blood drive yesterday. United Blood Services saw 25 ADC volunteers in the blood mobile, with 19 successfully donating blood. Because of your selfless donations, 57 people will receive life-saving medical treatment. We will continue to hold three blood drives each year, as long as we continue to have a great turnout of people willing and able to donate.
This is one of many ways that the employees of ADC continue to serve Arizona. I am proud of the service and dedication displayed by our employees every day.
Charles L. Ryan