Ducey to close prison, calls for veteran tax cut

Jan 13, 2020

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is renaming the state Department of Corrections to highlight a new focus on rehabilitation. 

Credit Arizona Governor's Office

He's also closing the oldest state prison in a move that will save nearly $275 million over three years.

The Republican governor highlighted the moves in his State of the State address Monday.

The prison system will now be called the Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry.

He urged lawmakers to eliminate taxes on veterans' pensions. And he called on insurance companies to improve coverage for mental health as the state faces a growing number of suicides among young people.