Arizona State Prison Complex
There are 48-state prisons grouped into 14 complexes in the state of Arizona. Approximately 9500 professional security personnel implement sound correctional practices, efficient operational procedures and carry out programming opportunities for inmates. There is a $562 million budget appropriated for the administration of prisons in Arizona. This entails expenditure for operations and all private contractors involved with the prison, food, and other operational necessities.
- Service Dog Unit: The Service Dog Unit is headed by a Correctional Lieutenant Officer specialized in service dog programs. The dog unit has 43-service security dogs and handlers who are called Correctional Officer Service Dog Handlers. Out of the 43 dogs, 25 of them are trailing hounds that are trained to track prisoners in the event of an escape. These dogs are also used for fugitive manhunts and tracking missing persons.
- Interstate Corrections Compact Program: This department is responsible for the transportation and transfer of prisoners and offenders from one correctional facility to another. The department is managed by the Special Services Section of Security Operations.
- Special Operations and Tactics Units: This unit has different teams that are responsible for neutralizing a crisis in the prison system. There are different teams involved called the Escape Response Team, The tactical support unit, and the Crisis Negotiation Team.
- Technology transfer and review committee: This committee represents Arizona State Prisons in national forums like the Western Region Advisory Council and the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center
- Project and Research: The Project and Research team is responsible for providing executive support and technical assistance to the Project and Support administrator in responding to various issues connected with incarceration, prisons, and other matters. They conduct research and generate comprehensive reports and publications on administrators, the Directors, and the Governors. This brings transparency in the functionality of the system and ensures standards and cohesiveness throughout the prison corrections profession.
Arizona State Prison Programs:
There are different programs initiated by Arizona State Prison, which ensures mental and physical health as inmates serve time in prison. Some of them are:
- The Arizona Correctional Industries: The mission of the Arizona Correctional Industries is to help offenders develop skills that produce quality products in prison to be sold to enterprises thereby achieving revenue and profit. There are 3 geographic locations within the state that have manufacturing and production facilities that help in operations.
- Program Systems: Program Systems helps an inmate re-entry into society after he or she has served their prison term. To ensure a smooth transition from prison life to a productive role in society, the inmates have access to tools, training, and study materials. These tools will go a long way in re-entry and a normal integration into society.
- Community Corrections: Upon the release of an offender into society, the Community Corrections Bureau of the Arizona Department of Corrections, ensures community-based supervision of offenders on release from prisons. Thus, the community reports to the Community Corrections Bureau on the whereabouts of the offender and how he is faring in community life.
- Religious Services: Prison chaplaincy to the incarcerated is a very active program in the Arizona State Prison infrastructure. There are about 40 religions represented inside the prison population. While each religion may have a chaplain, they are also supported by volunteers who give their time to prison religious services. These pastoral activities help inmates spiritually connect with the divine, which in turn provides a sense of self-improvement and religious exercise.
Studies show that the religious program has helped inmates mellow down from their rather violent lifestyles. The program also helps them substantially as they transition, and re-enter society, and become responsible citizens.
- Counselling and Treatment Service: This program oversees the interventions made available for substance abuse offenders in the prison system. As per the intensity of the abuse, the treatment is categorized as Intensive Treatment, Moderate Treatment, and Educational Treatment. These treatment programs are conducted by licensed Substance Abuse Counselors and thus addicts benefit well from this program.
How to Find an Inmate:
Information regarding offenders can be obtained from Inmate Datasearch. This information will include the sentence length, type of conviction and current complex information. Other specific information can be obtained by calling the Time Computation Unit at 602-542-1870
An application needs to be submitted to the prison authorities before a visit to the prison can be scheduled. There 2 ways to submit applications:
- Online Visitation Application: Only close friends and relatives can visit a prisoner. An application should be submitted electronically. Once the application is submitted the following need to be adhered to:
- Make sure not to submit an application when the inmate is in the intake process at Alhambra or Perryville penitentiaries
- The application fee must be remitted within 30 days of submission of the application
- Failure of remitting the application fee within the time limit will lead to an automatic denial of the application.
- After a denial, there is a waiting period of 180 days before you are eligible to re-apply.
- Printed Application: Visitors who do not wish to apply online can complete the form in print and mail it to the Unit Visitation office.
- Applications submitted by mail must be in an envelope that is addressed to “Attention Visiting Officer – Background Check Fee” when the is enclosed. If the fee is not enclosed, the envelope should simply read as “Attention Visiting Office”
Methods of Payment: A money order of $25.00 must be submitted with each visitor background application.
The Arizona Department of Corrections can be contacted at:
Phoenix, AZ 85007