Prisons

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The number of jail inmates in metro Phoenix testing positive for the coronavirus has surpassed the total among state prisoners.

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The number of inmates in Arizona’s prisons who have tested positive for the coronavirus has reached 121, twice as many as earlier this week.

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Advocates for inmates say they are worried they could run out of time to persuade Governor Doug Ducey to avoid a larger Coronavirus outbreak by releasing some of the 42,000 people who live in close quarters behind bars.

Arizona Department of Corrections

A federal judge who has criticized Arizona's persistent noncompliance with a settlement requiring improvements to health care for prisoners has ordered lawyers for the state and inmates to decide whether they want to throw out the 5-year-old deal and instead bring the case to trial.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Governor Doug Ducey has appointed a new director to oversee Arizona's prison system. Ducey announced Monday that David Shinn has been appointed as the new head of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

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