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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Lawyers are scheduled to make arguments on Sept. 24 in the appeal of a contempt-of-court ruling against Arizona Corrections Director Charles Ryan for failing to follow through on promises to improve health care for prisoners.

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The state of Arizona is urging a judge not to impose more contempt-of-court fines in a lawsuit over health care for prisoners.

Attorneys challenging the quality of health care in Arizona prisons are seeking another round of contempt-of-court fines against the state for failing to file monthly reports documenting its noncompliance with a legal settlement that requires improvements to inmate care.

The Arizona Department of Corrections says it needs nearly $46-million to replace cell door locks, fire alarm and suppression systems and air conditioning at two state prisons.

The announcement comes just two months after the department was rocked by revelations that inmates at the Lewis prison complex west of Phoenix could open their locked cell doors and attack corrections officers and other prisoners.