COVID-19 Management Updates

August 6, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

(PHOENIX) - Effective August 13, 2020, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry will be further extending the suspension of legal and non-legal visitation at all Arizona prison complexes, through September 13, 2020. At that time, we will continue to re-evaluate the suspension on a month by month basis.

Existing ADCRR policies for phone calls and written letters will remain in effect. During this period, CenturyLink will continue to provide inmates with two additional 15-minute phone calls per week, free of charge.

Video visitation will also continue for those inmates who have visitation privileges. Inmates continue to be eligible for one 30-minute video visit per week in order to allow as many inmates as possible to participate. No fees are associated with the video visitations.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department has taken significant actions to mitigate the risk and impacts of COVID-19 in its facilities. Keeping our staff, inmates and communities safe continues to be our top priority.

To get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19, please visit our website, https://corrections.az.gov/ and @AZCorrections on Twitter


 

August 4, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

(PHOENIX) - The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry continues to conduct PCR testing of the entire inmate population. Today, 517 inmates housed at the ASPC-Tucson Whetstone Unit have tested positive for COVID-19.  

Those inmates who tested positive are currently being housed as a cohort together in separate areas and are receiving appropriate medical care. They will not be allowed back into the general population until they have been medically cleared. In addition to measures that are already in place, all inmates at Whetstone will receive meals and all required medication and medical services in their housing units.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department has taken significant actions to mitigate the risk and impacts of COVID-19 in its facilities. Keeping our staff, inmates and communities safe continues to be our top priority.

Staff in those areas are equipped with full PPE that include N-95 masks, gowns, gloves, and face shields. On July 2, inmates were provided fabric face coverings for their use. All prison complex staff have been required to wear cloth face coverings since June 15, 2020. 

Rigorous cleaning throughout the unit was already in place and has been heightened as a result of the test results.

The Whetstone unit currently houses 1,066 inmates.

ADCRR continues to post daily statewide COVID-19 statistics on our website as well as the latest COVID-19 management strategy updates at: https://corrections.az.gov/


 

July 13, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

(PHOENIX) - Effective July 13, 2020, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry will be further extending the suspension of legal and non-legal visitation at all Arizona prison complexes, through August 13, 2020. We will then continue to re-evaluate on a month by month basis thereafter.

Video visitation will continue for those inmates who have visitation privileges. Inmates are eligible for one 15-minute video visit per week in order to allow as many inmates as possible to participate. No fees are associated with the video visitations.

Existing ADCRR policies for phone calls and written letters also remain in effect. During this period, CenturyLink will also continue to provide inmates with two additional 15-minute phone calls per week, free of charge.

Our priority remains ensuring the health and safety of inmates as well as all ADCRR employees and on-site third party partners. We continue our efforts to maintain CDC guidelines and will re-evaluate the suspension in August.

ADCRR continues to post daily statewide COVID-19 statistics on its website at https://corrections.az.gov/


 

July 2, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

(PHOENIX) - As part of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry measures to enhance COVID-19 prevention during the evolving pandemic, ADCRR has distributed fabric face coverings to all inmates for their use. This includes ADCRR's third-party-operated prison complexes and inmates arriving at ADCRR's intake facility in Phoenix.

All inmates are encouraged to wear the face coverings at all times while participating in activities in which social distancing is not possible. Exceptions to this include general activities such as sleeping, eating or when staff may need to positively identify an inmate.

The face coverings have been made by inmates at ADCRR's Douglas and Florence complexes through the Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI) garment program, which has been in operation for more than 30 years. ACI, a division of the ADCRR, was developed more than 35 years ago to provide structured programming to create opportunities for offenders to develop marketable skills and strong work habits. ACI inmate programs allow inmates to be paid for their work.

Consistent with CDC guidance for correctional facilities and ADCRR Infectious Disease Protocols, ADCRR continues to separate any inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms from the general population. ADCRR is also working with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to test all inmates at each complex.

Currently, all ADCRR officers and staff are required to wear face coverings. All employees entering Arizona prison complexes continue to undergo required temperature and symptom checks at each facility. ADCRR continues to communicate with staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

To get the latest information about ADCRR's response to COVID-19, please visit our website, https://corrections.az.gov/ and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

June 12, 2020

 

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

 

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

(PHOENIX) – The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry today announced COVID-19 antibody (serology) testing at Arizona State Prison Complex (ASPC) Florence for employees and ADCRR contract staff.  Starting Tuesday, June 16 through Thursday, June 18, COVID-19 serology testing will be initiated through an onsite testing process.  As part of Governor Ducey’s work to expand COVID-19 testing across Arizona, the Department is working to prioritize serology testing for all correctional officers and employees working within a prison complex.

 

Sonora Quest Laboratories will be conducting the tests which will take about 5-10 minutes each.  These tests will help identify those who have had exposure to the virus, and those that have developed antibodies.

 

“This is an exceptional opportunity for the Department to provide COVID-19 testing to our brave frontline men and women who continue to serve the public as first responders throughout the pandemic,” said David Shinn, Director of ADCRR. “I wish to thank ADHS director, Dr. Cara Christ for her continued support and guidance for the thousands of essential employees doing their job each day in our state facilities.”

 

ADCRR maintains a vigilant posture with rigorous ongoing symptom checks across all of its state complexes including temperature checks for everyone entering facilities. COVID-19 data continues to be updated on ADCRR’s dashboard at https://corrections.az.gov/adcrr-covid-19-dashboard.  For the latest regarding ADCRR’s COVID-19 management strategy, please also visit: https://corrections.az.gov/.


 

June 10, 2020

 

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION & REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

(PHOENIX) –Effective June 13, 2020, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry will be further extending the suspension of legal and non-legal visitation at all Arizona prison complexes for an additional 30 days, through July 13, 2020.  

Video visitation was successfully implemented on May 10, 2020 and will continue for those inmates who have visitation privileges. Inmates are eligible for one 15-minute video visit per week in order to allow as many inmates as possible to participate.  No fees are associated with the video visitations.

Video visitation days are Saturday through Tuesday and subject to timeslot availability. 

Visitors may schedule their appointments on Thursdays and Fridays for the upcoming week.

Tablets and headsets are cleaned and sanitized between each use.

Existing ADCRR policies for phone calls and written letters also remain in effect. During this period, CenturyLink will continue to provide inmates with two additional 15-minute phone calls per week, free of charge.

Our priority remains ensuring the health and safety of inmates as well as all ADCRR employees and on-site third party partners.  We continue our efforts to maintain CDC guidelines and will re-evaluate the suspension in July.


 

May 28, 2020

 

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

 

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

(PHOENIX) – The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry today announced enhanced COVID-19 PCR testing at Arizona State Prison Complex (ASPC) in Yuma, part of a statewide plan to provide testing to all correctional officers and prison employees. As part of Governor Ducey’s work to expand COVID-19 testing across Arizona, the Department is working to prioritize serology testing for all correctional officers in addition to this PCR program in Yuma.

 

Starting Tuesday through Thursday, May 28, COVID-19 PCR swab testing is taking place through an onsite mobile testing process at the Yuma complex so ADCRR’s hard working men and women do not have to travel to off-site testing locations. More than 1,200 staff members including 890 correctional officers as well as contract employees at the facility are able to participate. The testing is being conducted by the Regional Center for Border Health, Inc., based in Somerton, Arizona, following a partnership with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), Senator Lisa Otondo, Representative Charlene Fernandez and Representative Geraldine Peten.

 

“This is an exceptional bipartisan example of people coming together in service for the greater good in providing COVID-19 testing to our brave frontline men and women who continue to define public service throughout the pandemic,” said David Shinn, Director of ADCRR. “I wish to thank Sen. Otondo for reaching out regarding staff-wide testing at Yuma and also wish to thank ADHS director, Dr. Cara Christ and Representatives Fernandez and Peten along with Amanda Aguirre, President and CEO of the Regional Center for Border Health for their collaboration.”

 

“I’m thrilled that LD4 Democrats were able to collaborate with the Arizona Department of Corrections, Director Shinn and the Regional Center for Border Health to bring 1,000 COVID Tests to Yuma Prison. Amanda Aguirre and her staff stepped up and stepped forward to help. Words are not enough to describe how deeply grateful I am to Amanda and her staff for the life-saving work they are doing in Arizona,” said Senator Otondo.  

 

ADCRR maintains a vigilant posture with rigorous ongoing symptom checks across all of its state complexes including temperature checks for everyone entering facilities. COVID-19 data continues to be updated on ADCRR’s dashboard at https://corrections.az.gov/adcrr-covid-19-dashboard.  For the latest regarding ADCRR COVID-19 management strategy, please also visit: https://corrections.az.gov/


 

May 8, 2020

 

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

(PHOENIX) –The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry is offering temporary video visitation beginning on Sunday, May 10, 2020, to coincide with Mother’s Day. This temporary program is intended to provide an opportunity for families to remain connected during the suspension of visitation that has been extended across all complexes through June 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Video visitation will be available to approved visitors and inmates who have visitation privileges. Inmates are eligible for one 15-minute video visit per week in order to allow as many inmates as possible to participate.  Initially, no fees are associated with the video visitations.

Visitors may schedule their appointments on Thursdays and Fridays for the following week. The current video visitation days are Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, with scheduling subject to time slot availability. Each tablet, along with headsets, will be cleaned and sanitized between visits.

Families and friends participating in video visitation must have a valid email address, access to a desktop/laptop or a cell phone equipped with camera/mic, and the latest version of the Google Meet app. A meeting invitation code will be provided by the complex.

Existing phone call and written letter privileges remain in place for inmates, along with two additional 15-minute phone calls per week, provided at no charge by CenturyLink, ADCRR’s phone and internet provider.

The latest data and COVID-19 Management Strategy Updates can be found on our website at https://corrections.az.gov/


 

May 1, 2020


ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

(PHOENIX) –The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry has updated the information on its website dashboard related to COVID-19. The dashboard will now include additional data reflecting the number of inmate deaths attributed to COVID-19 based upon the initial clinical conclusion of physicians and subsequently, the final forensic determination of the county medical examiner as those become available.

In addition, the dashboard will now reflect the number of ADCRR staff members who have reported having tested positive for COVID-19, as well as those staff members who have been medically cleared to return to work.

ADCRR is also revising previously reported data on the number of inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19. This revision is being made in order to ensure accuracy due to a handful of inmates who were tested more than once out of an abundance of caution. Inadvertently, a handful of tests were counted more than once (multiple tests for the same person were reported initially as individual positive cases). The revised data is now posted on ADCRR’s website.

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry is required by statute (A.R.S. § 11-593(B)(4)) to report all inmate deaths. The county Medical Examiner is required by statute (A.R.S. § 11-594(A)(2)) to conduct a death investigation and potential autopsy of all inmate deaths. Upon completion of the death investigation and any autopsy, the county Medical Examiner is required by statute (A.R.S. § 11-594(A)(3)(5)) to certify the cause and manner of death and to promptly execute a death certificate indicating the cause and manner of death.

The latest data and COVID-19 Strategic Management Updates can be found on our website at https://corrections.az.gov/.


 

April 10, 2020


ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

(Phoenix)—Effective today, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry is posting the latest COVID19 statistics on our website. The dashboard will provide statistics for statewide Arizona Prison Complexes and can be found at https://corrections.az.gov/.  It will be updated daily.  

The ADCRR will also continue to provide the latest updates related to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic on our website and on social media. 

Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

April 10, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

(Phoenix)—Effective April 13, 2020, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry will be extending the suspension of legal and non-legal visitation at all Arizona prison complexes for an additional 30 days, through May 13, 2020, at which time the suspension will be re-evaluated. The Department is taking this action to reduce the risk of the potential spread of COVID-19 within the prisons and its impact on staff and inmates.

The suspension of visitation includes non-contact visits and applies to facilities operated by the Department as well as third-party operated facilities. The existing Department policies for phone calls and written letters remain in effect. During this period, CenturyLink will continue to provide inmates with two additional 15-minute phone calls per week, free of charge.

The Department continues to implement its existing Communicable Disease and Infection Control protocols, remind staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19, including washing hands, sanitizing surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and require employees to stay home if they are sick.

The Department appreciates everyone’s understanding and cooperation as we work together to protect the health and safety of our staff, the inmates in our care, and the communities we serve.

Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.
 


 

April 9, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) has been notified that an inmate has tested positive for COVID-19 at the Arizona State Prison Complex - Florence.

To date, of the more than 42,000 ADCRR inmates, 68 inmates have been tested, 58 have tested negative, three are confirmed positive, and seven are pending.

Consistent with CDC guidance and ADCRR Infectious Disease Protocols, ADCRR continues to separate any inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms from the general population, for monitoring and appropriate follow-up care. Like many correctional systems nationwide, the department has experience managing infectious diseases at its facilities and is taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the inmate population.

The Department will continue to provide regular updates on our ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of COVID-19 within our facilities as well as inmates’ positive test results.
 

  Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

April 7, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) has been notified that two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. The first inmate has been housed at a community hospital since March 27, 2020 due to several non-Covid related symptoms. The inmate was found positive after having been previously tested twice with negative results while at the same community hospital where he currently remains.

ADCRR was also notified of an inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 at the Marana Community Correctional Treatment Facility operated by Management and Training Corporation. The Marana facility is a minimum-custody third-party operator under contract with ADCRR. The facility provides custody and substance abuse treatment for 500 adult male inmates.

Both inmates are receiving appropriate medical care at their current locations.

 

Of the more than 42,000 ADCRR inmates, 60 have been tested, 48 have tested negative, 10 are pending and two have tested positive. Consistent with CDC guidance and ADCRR Infectious Disease Protocols, we continue to separate any inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms from the general population, for monitoring and appropriate follow-up care. Like many correctional systems nationwide, the department has experience managing infectious diseases at its facilities and is taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the inmate population. Following CDC guidelines, ADCRR also continues to communicate with staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

 

The Department will continue to provide regular updates on our ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of COVID-19 within our facilities as well as inmates’ positive test results.

 

  Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

April 7, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

As part of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry response to the evolving CDC guidelines regarding face coverings, ADCRR will be distributing fabric face coverings to all employees over the next few days. On Friday, the CDC recommended that essential staff wear non-medical (non-PPE) cloth face coverings to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID19.

The face coverings are being made by inmates at Perryville, Douglas, and Florence complexes through the Arizona Correctional Industries (ACI) garment program, which has been in operation for more than 30

years. The department is making enough so each employee will receive two face coverings. ACI, a division of the ADCRR, was developed more than 35 years ago to provide structured programming to create opportunities for offenders to develop marketable skills and strong work habits. ACI inmate programs allow inmates to be paid for their work.

Thus far, more than 8,000 face coverings have been made, with more being made over the coming weeks.

 

“This is a testament to the impact our ACI programs provide, and the contributions our inmate population makes in this time of need,” said David Shinn, ADCRR Director. “As our employees enter our complex facilities for work, the face coverings will provide an extra level of protection to reduce the risk of any potential spread to our inmate population. We also continue to encourage all employees and inmates to monitor themselves and others for COVID-19 symptoms, stay home if feeling ill, practice physical distancing whenever possible and remain vigilant in washing hands regularly. It will take all of us doing our part to protect those at high risk, and support keeping our employees and inmates safe and healthy.”

Of the more than 42,000 inmates in ADCRR custody and care, there are currently zero cases of COVID19. So far, 44 inmates have tested negative for COVID19, with eight COVID19 tests pending.

As part of ADCRR’s ongoing COVID19 Management Strategy, all employees entering Arizona prison complexes continue to undergo required health checks at each facility. Employees are sent home immediately if they are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms and are required to stay home if they are sick. Following guidelines consistent with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the CDC, ADCRR continues to communicate with staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

In accordance with CDC guidance, ADCRR continues to separate from the general inmate population any inmates exhibiting flu-like symptoms for monitoring and appropriate follow-up care.
 

  Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

April 3, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

 

 

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

(PHOENIX)— In order to promptly implement the most recent CDC guidance, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) is recommending employees wear a non-medical (non-PPE) cloth face covering to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID- 19 while conducting essential business. This recommendation includes employees reporting for duty across the Department.

Additionally, ADCRR will continue to follow the recommendations by the CDC regarding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for incarcerated/detained individuals and staff in a correctional facility.

Of the more than 42,000 inmates in ADCRR custody and care, there are zero cases of COVID-

19. So far, 39 inmates have tested negative for COVID-19, with five COVID-19 tests pending.

Consistent with this new CDC guidance, ADCRR will continue to provide medical masks for healthcare workers and employees in direct contact with individuals who exhibit active flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms.

Consistent with the CDC guidance and ADCRR Infectious Disease Protocols, ADCRR continues to separate any inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms from the general population for monitoring and appropriate follow-up care.

As part of the ADCRR’s COVID-19 Management Strategy, we continue to require all employees entering Arizona prison complexes undergo an Infectious Disease Symptoms Check at each facility. Employees are sent home immediately if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Following guidelines consistent with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the CDC, ADCRR continues to communicate with staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus, including regular hand washing, sanitizing surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and requiring employees to stay home if they are sick.
 

  Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

April 1, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

(PHOENIX)— Of the more than 42,000 inmates currently housed in ADCRR custody and care, there are no known cases of the COVID-19. Of those inmates evaluated for flu-like symptoms, 34 inmates have been tested for COVID-19, 29 are negative, and 5 test results are currently pending.

 

As there are limited PPE supplies across the country for law enforcement, first responders, and healthcare providers, we do not want to consume these critical supplies unnecessarily. At this point in the pandemic, our posture continues to focus on presentation of symptoms which has been effective in managing the situation to this point. According to CDC recommendations, masks should be worn by patients with active virus symptoms during transportation to monitoring sites and those providers at healthcare facilities directly treating those patients. As the situation dictates, PPE is available for all employees to appropriately respond. This procedure and protocol matches the ADCRR direction for meeting all infectious disease threats encountered in the correctional environment. The best advice by the CDC and ADHS is to wash hands frequently and wipe down common areas with properly mixed disinfectant spray. Should CDC guidelines change, ADCRR will adapt our posture to meet those new directives.

 

For decades, the department has been well prepared to manage infectious diseases and uniquely positioned to manage the even greater threat of airborne illnesses which include tuberculosis.

 

“I am tremendously grateful for the great work the men and women of ADCRR do each day across the department to protect the community and do our part to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said ADCRR Director, David Shinn.

 

Additional proactive measures ADCRR has taken in planning a response to this pandemic include suspending inmate visitation, routinely checking staff for flu-like symptoms, suspending outside work details, isolation of inmates experiencing flu like symptoms, suspension of routine inmate movement, and finalizing measures to strategically control admissions to the entire state correctional system of more than 42,000 offenders.


 

March 30, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 Management Strategy Update

 

 

(PHOENIX)— As a further proactive measure to combat the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in Arizona’s prisons, ADCRR has reached a collective agreement with Sheriffs in all 15 counties to temporarily suspend admissions of convicted persons from county jails for 21 days, followed by subsequent 21-day cycles of prudent admissions. This emergency measure was spearheaded by ADCRR Director, David Shinn, in collaboration with each Sheriff as part of ADCRR’s continued efforts to prevent the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“Today is another example of how law enforcement agencies across the State are working together to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus while maintaining public safety,” said ADCRR Director, David Shinn. “I want to thank all 15 Sheriffs for their commitment and partnership. In particular, I also want to thank Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, for their exemplary leadership in this collaborative law enforcement effort.”

Currently, there are no known COVID-19 cases at any of ADCRR’s 16 prison complexes which house more than 42,000 inmates.
 

Get the latest information about ADCRR’s response to COVID-19 by visiting our website, https://corrections.az.gov/, and @AZCorrections on Twitter.


 

March 25, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 MANAGEMENT STRATEGY UPDATE

 

(Phoenix)— In response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, ADCRR will immediately pull back all off-site, work crews until national and local public health experts consider the COVID- 19 virus no longer a threat. The female crew working at Hickman’s Family Farm will be temporarily housed on-site and away from the Perryville prison.

 

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry has been a proud partner with Hickman’s Family Farm for 25 years. This partnership provides job skills for offenders. It also ensures a stable supply of Hickman’s eggs for Arizona’s communities. Food products, such as eggs, have been determined nationally to be a part of our nation’s critical infrastructure.

 

ADCRR and Hickman’s have partnered on a plan to temporarily house approximately 140 female inmates onsite at Hickman’s for the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency to control the potential spread of COVID-19 to thousands of other inmates. The inmates have already been working each day at Hickman’s under ADCRR and Hickman’s supervision.

 

“Many of these women inmates perform critical tasks related to the raising of baby chicks. Besides daily care, they also perform most of the tasks of vaccination,” said Glenn Hickman, President of Hickman’s Family Farm. “Their proper care today ensures an uninterrupted food supply tomorrow. It has been our family’s privilege to help thousands of inmates learn life skills that keep them productive members of society, well after they leave this program.”

 

The inmates, from Perryville, are classified as minimum custody, which means they represent a low risk to the public and staff. This is the same classification of inmates that have been working at this location for years. These inmates will be closely monitored and supervised by correctional officers and Hickman’s at all times. They will be housed in one location, with all necessary accommodations and security measures. Once the declared COVID-19 emergency has passed, these inmates will return to their housing location at Perryville.

 

“Our Department is focused on ensuring the health and safety of all inmates, officers and staff,” said ADCRR Director David Shinn. “The decision to temporarily house inmates at Hickman’s is necessary to ensure a stable food supply while also protecting public health and the health of those in our custody.”

 

ADCRR currently has no known confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. Six inmates have been tested for the virus and results are pending. We continue to take proactive measures to protect our staff and inmates against any potential spread within the prisons, which includes reducing and suspending work crews that work outside the prison complexes.


 

March 23, 2020

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID‐19 MANAGEMENT STRATEGY UPDATE

(Phoenix)— While the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry currently has no known confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, we continue to take proactive measures to protect our staff and inmates against any potential spread. All ADCRR staff and inmates continue to be evaluated daily for any flu or allergy-like symptoms at prison complex facilities. Six inmates have been tested for the virus and results are pending. Inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms are being closely monitored and cared for appropriately in a separate area to reduce the risk of transmission.

ADCRR has implemented a number of measures to defend against the spread of COVID-19 virus in the complexes. Some of these include: suspending all visitations, stopping routine internal movement of inmates across all Arizona prisons, and requiring all employees entering Arizona prison complexes to undergo an infectious disease symptoms evaluation.

ADCRR is sending out work crews on a limited and as needed basis, and will continue to evaluate active inmate work crews, including temperature checks, as they return to the complex each day. Numbers and frequency of inmate work crews are being significantly reduced.

ADCRR continues to follow mandatory industry standards as set forth by the American Correctional Association. ADCRR also follows the National Commission on Correctional Health Care guidelines through our audit process.

Following guidelines consistent with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), ADCRR continues to communicate with staff and inmates about how they can reduce the risk of contracting the virus, including regular hand washing, sanitizing common surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes, and encouraging employees to stay home if they are sick.

For the latest ADCRR COVID-19 Management Strategy updates, please visit: https://corrections.az.gov


 

March 20, 2020

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, REHABILITATION AND REENTRY

COVID-19 UPDATE

 

(Phoenix)— While the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry currently has no known confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus, we continue to take proactive measures to protect our staff and inmates against any potential spread. ADCRR continues to follow mandatory industry standards as set forth by the American Correctional Association. ADCRR also follows the National Commission on Correctional Health Care guidelines through our audit process.

 

All ADCRR staff and inmates continue to be evaluated daily for any flu or allergy-like symptoms at prison complex facilities.

 

Centurion, ADCRR’s healthcare vendor, is working closely with ADCRR leadership to address any inmates who have flu-like symptoms.

 

“Centurion is committed to providing high-quality care in accordance with best practices and professional standards to ensure the health of incarcerated individuals. In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Centurion follows the established guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and public health officials to protect the health of those living and working in prisons and jails,” said Wendy Orm, M.D., Centurion’s statewide medical director. “Centurion

maintains a strong partnership with the Departments of Corrections and local health departments to ensure our staff is prepared to quickly identify, isolate, and manage the risk of contagious illness in the correctional facilities that we serve. We understand that education, vigilant adherence to established policies, and proper personal hygiene practices are key to limiting the spread of infection in healthcare environments. Centurion has provided training on COVID-19 to our staff, and continues to update information and take additional precautions as necessary.”


 

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