Sheriff Paul Penzone says he's pursuing the option of turning a complex of jail tents into a detention space where inmates would work with shelter animals in a bid to teach prisoners compassion and discourage them from committing future crimes.

Authorities say an inmate at the state prison in Kingman has died and it appears to be a suicide.

Gary Grado, Arizona Capitol Times

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill allowing people with felony convictions work in adult substance abuse treatment and re-entry facilities.

Prison officials say a unit of a Kingman prison is temporarily closed to visitors after a fight involving 50 inmates broke out.







Mark Henle/The Republic

A ruling by a federal judge keeps in play a temporary ban on executions in Arizona.

But it also lets condemned prisoners press forward with a lawsuit protesting the way the state has used the death penalty.

A 27-page ruling Wednesday night by U.S. District Judge Neil Wake dismissed parts of a suit by seven death-row inmates and the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona.

It seeks more transparency in the state's execution process and comes as Arizona is facing difficulties in getting lethal-injection drugs.