PRISON

Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic

Five Arizona death-row inmates have died of "natural causes" since a federal judge put executions on hold four years ago.

Laura Segall/Reuters

Maricopa County officials voted Wednesday to pay $7 million to settle a lawsuit over the 2011 death of a mentally ill man in a jail run by then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Gov. Doug Ducey has instructed all Arizona agencies to adopt new hiring procedures that could help reduce recidivism.

Charlie Riedel/AP

Maricopa County's infamous outdoor jail has been officially shut down.

Aaron Granillo/KNAU

About four in ten Arizona prison inmates will be back behind bars within three years of their release. That number is far lower for a group of men at the state prison in Florence, where taming wild mustangs is part of a unique rehab program. KNAU’s Aaron Granillo reports it’s giving the inmates a fresh perspective on life, and a chance at freedom.


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