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The Arizona Department of Corrections is statutory[2] responsible for the incarceration of inmates in 10 prisons in the U.S. state of Arizona. As of December 2015, the ADC manages over 42,643 imprisoned inmates and over 5,466 inmates who have been paroled or that are statutorily released.[3] ADC is also in involved in recruitment and training of Correctional Officers at the Correctional Officer Training Academy (COTA).[4] It has its headquarters in Downtown Phoenix.[5]

Arizona Department of Corrections
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Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Yuma Territorial Prison
Annual budget1,131,935.4
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionArizona, US
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Map of Arizona Department of Corrections's jurisdiction.
Size113,998 square miles (295,250 km2)
Population6,500,180 (2008 est.)[1]
General nature
Headquarters1601 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007, US

Agency executive
  • Charles L. Ryan, Director
Arizona Department of Corrections Website



Year Total funding
2002 $623.0
2003 $626.6
2004 $692.7
2005 $755.0
2006 $825.6
2007 $901.3
2008 $1020.0
2009 $1076.2
2013 (Estimate) $1131.9


Death rowEdit

The men's death row is located in the Browning Unit of Arizona State Prison Complex – Eyman. The women's death row is in the Lumley Unit of the Arizona State Prison Complex-Perryville. Executions occur at the Central Unit of the Arizona State Prison Complex – Florence. As of 2010 one Arizona death row inmate is confined in West Virginia.[9]


There are currently forty-eight state prisons, geographically grouped into fourteen complexes and two correctional treatment facilities in Arizona. This number does not include federal prisons, detention centers for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or county jails

As of 2007 Arizona had exported more than 2000 prisoners to privately run facilities in Oklahoma and Indiana, a number that would have been higher if not for a riot of Arizona prisoners at the GEO Group's New Castle Correctional Facility on April 27, 2007, protesting the practice.[10] As of 2013, the states of Vermont, California and Hawaii export prisoners to facilities in Arizona.[11]


In July, 2014 a teacher was raped at the Meadows Unit of the Arizona State Prison Complex at Eyman. She had been left alone in a room with then 21 year-old Jacob Harvey, who stabbed her multiple times with a pen and raped her. The radio she was issued was tuned to a frequency not in use. The officers failed to make their required checks. The state settled the matter for an undisclosed amount and the Department of Corrections denies any wrongdoing.[12]

In July 2015, at the medium security housing area at the Arizona State Prison-Kingman a four-day riot damaged facilities so extensively as to require major repairs. More than one thousand inmates had to be moved to other locations. The facility was being run by Management and Training Corporation under a contract with the department in which Director Charles L. Ryan failed to ensure contractual obligations were met.[13]

In August 2015, Cynthia Apkaw hanged herself in her cell. Officers had not made their required checks and later faked records to conceal their misconduct.[14]

In February 2016, Officers failed conduct the required checks on Scott Saba who hanged himself in his cell. His body was discovered by Correctional Officers who had finished their shifts and so who did not have the equipment required to provide aid.[15]

In April 2016 thirteen prison staff were fired and six more disciplined as a result of an investigation into the two most recent prison suicides.[16]

Fallen officersEdit

Since 1967, nine officers have died while on duty.[citation needed]

Employee organizationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for the United States, Regions, States, and Puerto Rico: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2008". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2009.
  2. ^ Arizona Law
  3. ^ Corrections at a glance
  4. ^ COTA Archived 2013-12-30 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "ADC Contact Information Archived 2009-11-23 at the Wayback Machine." Arizona Department of Corrections. Retrieved on December 7, 2009.
  6. ^ 2008 Budget
  7. ^ 2009 Budget
  8. ^ 2013 Budget Archived September 20, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Death Row Information and Frequently Asked Questions Archived 2010-05-27 at the Wayback Machine." Arizona Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 16, 2010.
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  12. ^ Sayers, Justin (28 December 2015). "Teacher raped in Arizona prison by sex offender reaches settlement". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  13. ^ Christie, Bob (7 August 2016). "Arizona prison riot: Moving to repair stage". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  14. ^ Hayden, Troy (14 April 2016). "AZ DOC fires 13 officers for not doing their jobs". Fox 10. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  15. ^ Hayden, Troy (14 April 2016). "AZ DOC fires 13 officers for not doing their jobs". Fox 10. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
  16. ^ Anderson, Sarah (15 April 2016). "13 fired after Arizona investigates inmate suicides". Arizona Republic. Retrieved 16 April 2016.

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