Prison Operations

Prison Operations oversees and manages nine state prison complexes and the six private prisons, indirectly supervising nine wardens through three regional operations directors as well as classification and statewide inmate movement.


Security Operations

The Security Operations Unit is responsible for the safety of Agency staff and the inmate population by conducting integrity and security assessments of the State and private prison facilities. The Unit is comprised of the Service Dog Unit, Interstate Compact Program, Technology transfer and review committee and Special Projects.


Contract Beds Bureau

The Contract Beds Bureau was established to closely monitor, evaluate and support private prisons under contract with the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation & Reentry. All contract facilities are closely monitored to ensure that they are managed in accordance with applicable Arizona Revised Statutes, ADCRR policies and procedures, the ADCRR Strategic Plan, and that the vendor is in compliance with the provisions of the contract.


Offender Services

Offender Services Bureau is responsible for the determination of offender release eligibility and institution assignment of all offenders committed to the Department of Corrections Rehabilitation and Reentry. Offender Services Bureau is comprised of the following:

  • Intake and Assessment
  • Offender Classification/Movement
  • Offender Information Unit
  • Time Computation
  • Population Management

Intake and Assessment

Offenders are classified under the Offender Classification System.  Upon entering the Department's custody, each offender is assessed for security and custody risk, and for specific services such as medical, mental health, substance abuse or sex offense treatment and/or programming needs such as education, vocational training and work skills and other placement considerations.

Offender Classification/Movement

The classification profile consists of an offender's custody classification and internal risk levels, as well as programming needs. Offenders are reviewed on an annual basis and scores are adjusted based on information received during the review period to include behavior, time left to serve, and overall history. An offender's placement is changed when the custody classification indicates the offender no longer meets the custody/security designation of the current unit assignment.

A daily count sheet and vacancy report is generated each weekday. The count sheet includes information on beds, types by unit statewide, the number of offenders physically assigned, on out count and pending in the county jails.

The Classification Unit schedules offender movement from the county jails and transfers between the prison units.

Offender Information Unit

The Offender Information Unit consists of the following subunits:

  • Master Records:  Maintains active and inactive offender master record files
  • Prior Conviction Packages:  Prepares evidentiary packets of felony prosecution cases
  • Detainers/Notifications:  Process requests for detainers from other jurisdictions

Time Computation

The Time Computation Unit has responsibility for the calculation of release eligibility dates for all offenders and oversight of the institution release processes. This includes the auditing of intake documents for accuracy, recalculation of release eligibility dates due to forfeiture of release credits, a change in release credits earned due to disciplinary sanctions and monitoring of the release eligibility dates.

Population Management

The purpose of Population Management is to ensure permanent state and private beds are efficiently managed and the Agency’s Bed Plan is accurate and reflects future bed needs.


Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness ensures the Agency has a viable Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) in place for each correctional facility to include all ADCRR buildings.

The purpose of the plans is to enhance our ability to mitigate losses, respond quickly, and resume normal business when a disruption occurs - whether technological, natural or human-caused.

Emergency Preparedness oversees the Radio Services Unit which is responsible for maintaining all radio communications systems across the state.