About Arizona Department of Corrections
The Arizona Department of Corrections is a statutory law enforcement agency responsible for incarcerating inmates across Arizona. The agency has its headquarters in Phoenix. This is one of the most extensive state prison systems in the United States, with over 42,000 inmates around Arizona. Moreover, the department also has responsibility for supervising more than 26,000 offenders through the use of over 20 community corrections centers (minimum security), community work squads (medium security), and probation (supervised release or community supervision).
The mission of the ADC is to protect society by confining offenders in the least restrictive manner necessary while working to achieve reductions in crime, recidivism, and victimization through offender rehabilitation and successful reentry into the community.
An additional role for ADC is to assist in the recruiting and training of Correctional Officers. The recruitment process occurs at The Correctional Officer Training Academy (COTA) in Tucson (AZ). The ADC’s hiring practices are affected by the state employment laws, which require all peace officers to be citizens of the United States and Arizona residents. This law is intended to promote diversity within the ranks. However, it has been difficult for the ADC to staff its facilities with qualified employees due to this restriction.
Prison Facilities under the ADC
The ADC may place inmates in one of four security levels: minimum, medium, close, or maximum security. It uses an objective system to determine every inmate’s security level.
The department operates three prisons that are entirely or partially self-contained:
- ASPC-Florence, a minimum custody prison in Florence.
- ASPC-Tucson. This is a maximum and medium custody prison in Tucson.
- ASPC-Perryville, a close and minimum custody prison in Goodyear.
The other facilities are either privately owned or state-owned but are under the management of the Department of Corrections. Follow this link to access more details on the prison facilities under the Arizona DOC.
Community Corrections has two regions: the Northern Region and the Southern Region. The Bureau includes Community Corrections Officers who personally oversee offenders who are on parole or community supervision. These officers are responsible for pre-placement investigations and making contact with parolees and released offenders if necessary.
The offenders must comply with the supervision conditions in place to guide their lives in the community. The restrictions also ensure the general safety of the community. These conditions require the offenders to periodically meet with their assigned Community Correctional Officer for review purposes.
Community Corrections is also responsible for issuing arrest warrants for prisoners who breach the terms of their monitoring.
The Bureau assesses convicts to decide if a temporary release (up to a three-month early release) is appropriate, as well as the accuracy of anticipated release dates. It accomplishes this task in collaboration with the Department’s Time Computation Unit.
Units within Community Corrections
The Bureau has the following units:
- Release Unit, which is responsible for inmates’ release and placement in the community.
- Sex Offender Compliance Unit. The Unit identifies and evaluates sexual offenders pending their release from custody. It does so by coordinating the legally mandatory community notification process with local, county, and state law enforcement authorities. The Unit also offers local police and sheriff’s offices information about the state’s sex offender community notification procedure. Additionally, the compliance Unit also coordinates all sex offender referrals to the county attorney, per the state’s Sexually Violent Persons statutes.
- Interstate Compact Unit. It is responsible for coordinating parole transfers from Arizona to other states and transfers of criminals from other states to Arizona. The Unit’s personnel serve as a point of contact between different state and local criminal justice authorities upon the emergence of procedural concerns. Moreover, the Unit also administers the Interstate Agreement for Detainers. The agreement allows for the movement of offenders from other states to undergo trial in Arizona on new criminal charges.
- Revocation Hearing Unit. This Unit deals with inmates who have severely breached the terms of their supervision. These terms can be mandated by either the BOEC on Parole, Work Furlough Program, or Home Arrest requirements. The Unit presents revocation cases for such offenders during hearings.
The Board of Executive Clemency (BOEC) may award an unconditional discharge to parole-eligible inmates. However, this discharge only applies for offenses before January 1, 1994. This discharge becomes effective on the offender’s parole eligibility date or as per the BOEC provisions where the offender is beyond the eligibility date.
The BOEC is obligated to issue a certificate of absolute discharge to an ex-offender who has completed the imposed term. However, there must be confirmation that the ex-offender has paid the entire restitution fee. Notably, these ex-offenders must have an absolute discharge certification before applying for restoration of their civil rights.
Sometimes, the courts may waiver community supervision on some individuals. Such offenders receive an absolute discharge on their Earned Release Credit Date.
Emergency Escorted Visits
Arizona Department of Corrections has some protocols for escorted visits. These visits are necessary for confirmed emergency scenarios. Furthermore, they are only for an inmate’s close family, including:
- Parents, whether biological or adoptive and siblings.
- Spouse in the legal sense.
- Children, whether biological or adopted.
- Primary caregiver for the detainee in the parent’s absence.
- Legal guardians.
These visits may include bedside visits for seriously ill family members. As such, the correctional makes arrangements with the hospital a few days prior to the visit. However, the process will only go through if an inmate submits an application requesting such a privilege
Inmates can also make requests for these visits to attend a funeral or memorial ceremony. The service must be an open casket private viewing ceremony for the authorities to grant this request.
Prisoners are responsible for all expenses incurred during these visits. Such costs include transportation and the hourly wage rate of two or more correctional officers. The rate depends on the level of risks that the officer is likely to be imposed. Notably, the department has a jurisdictional restriction that the visits can only be in Arizona between 9 am and 5 pm.
The department requires that all inmates incarcerated after 1994 undergo a standard testing procedure upon admission to any facility. The Functionality Literacy program aims to determine whether they can perform at an 8th grade level in reading, mathematics, and language abilities.
There are some instances where some inmates aim for a pay rate higher than the initial rate. Such convicts must have achieved a grade point average of at least 8th grade to be eligible. Prisoners who get release credits must also achieve these conditions for the application of the credits to aid their release.
However, the department excludes individuals with developmental disabilities and illegal immigrants from fulfilling the requirements of the Functional Literacy Program.
Arizona DOC Inmate Search
The Arizona Department of Corrections provides online access to current information about inmates in state prisons. The DOC offender locator site is under the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency and Pardons or Adult Probation jurisdiction. Accessible information includes name, age, anticipated release date, offense/charge category, and status. Moreover, the website may contain information about some former inmates. However, information on inmates in county jails is not available online.
The Arizona Department of Corrections makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information on the site. This is because the authorities may rely on public information when updating the site, which is not always accurate.
Individuals can access the official DOC offender locator website by following this link.
How Does the Website Work?
The state prisoner lookup website enables citizens to search for convicts using the ADC number or name criteria. The name options have fields where a searcher must key in an offender’s last name and first initial. Alternatively, residents can search using both of the offenders’ names for more accurate results.
The name search criterion narrows down results by enabling people to select the prisoner’s current status, whether active, inactive, parole, or absconder. This criterion has made it easy for a one-time generation of the required results. Some search results may contain an inmate’s photo and ethnicity.
Arizona Sex Offender Search
The Department of Safety maintains the online sex offender registry in Arizona. The online website provides information regarding the state’s sex offenders, their current security risk assessment ratings, release dates, and other pertinent facts concerning their incarceration status. The site also provides information on where sex offenders are not allowed to reside or work.
Sex Offender Lookup Process
The website provides five broad search categories:
In Your Area Search
This search enables people to see offenders who live within a set radius. This may include residence from a particular school, business, or any other desired location.
Individuals can look for sex offenders using the name option, either the first name, last name or any aliases. The results will display any match, wholly or partially.
This criterion narrows down offender search results by their city of residence.
Individuals use this search option to locate non-compliant sex offenders.