Legal Services

ADCRR's Law Department is comprised of two licensed attorneys, the General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel, and numerous non-attorney support staff who address issues such as inmate legal access to the judicial system, inmate discipline and grievance appeals, public records requests and subpoenas for documents, electronically stored information gathering, publication reviews for contraband, and legal support to the Attorney General's Office and outside counsel defending the Department and its employees in litigation in state and federal court.  The General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel provide internal legal guidance to the Director, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, and the entire ADCRR chain of command involving a plethora of legal and factual issues arising out of the Department's operations.

The Legal Services/Discovery Unit, under the supervision of the General Counsel, works with the DOA Risk Management, the Attorney General's office, and contract attorneys regarding liability issues arising from lawsuits against the Department. It provides legal advice, through its General Counsel, to the Director and Division Directors on liability issues; reviews all proposed settlements of lawsuits filed against the Department; reviews and analyzes proposed written directives for compliance with legal requirements; arranges staff and inmate depositions; provides legal advice on disciplinary and grievance appeals; provides system-wide monitoring and operational oversight of the Department's Inmate Legal Access Program; and its General Counsel supervises the Inmate Grievance and Disciplinary Appeals Hearing Officers.

(602) 542- 1532