The ACLU of Arizona continues to fight unconstitutional conditions in our local prisons and jails and the "lock 'em up" mentality that prevails in the legislatures. Our guiding principle is that even though prisoners are deprived of liberty they are still entitled to basic human rights.
In a historic win for women and mothers in Arizona, Governor Jan Brewer, on March 21, signed a bill banning the practice of restraining pregnant inmates in shackles. The bill – which generated support from across the ideological spectrum – prevents jail officials from using leg or waist restraints during transportation, labor, delivery and postpartum recovery. With the passage of SB 1184, Arizona now joins 14 other states in banning this inhumane and unconstitutional practice.
Prisoners in the custody of the Arizona Department of Corrections receive such grossly inadequate medical, mental health and dental care that they are in grave danger of suffering serious and preventable injury, amputation, disfigurement and even death, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed today by a legal team led by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Prison Law Office.
Despite efforts by states across the country to implement policy reforms to cut crime rates and incarceration costs, members of the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee today will hear a series of ‘tough on crime’ measures that will increase prison sentences for certain crimes and place the financial burden on taxpayers.  This latest move by Arizona lawmakers is part of a disturbing trend at the Arizona Capitol to drive up incarceration rates and costs and ignore the potential of better alternatives.
Prison Legal News (PLN), represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU) and the law firm of Rosen, Bien & Galvan LLP, today filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Pinal County Jail policy that prohibits inmates from receiving any magazines, hardcover books or letters of more than one page in length.    
San Francisco—The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released records today which show that Arizona, Nebraska, and other states broke the Federal Controlled Substances Act when they imported sodium thiopental, a dangerous controlled substance commonly used in executions that is no longer available in the U.S.
PHOENIX – Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz. is required to abide by a federal district court order mandating that he fix unconstitutional conditions in the Maricopa County Jail that jeopardize the health and safety of prisoners, a federal appellate court ruled today.  
PHOENIX, AZ – Arizona taxpayers are paying a dear price for the lack of accountability and transparency at local county jails, said the ACLU of Arizona, which today criticized Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for denying members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) access to jail facilities.
PHOENIX – A U.S. district court judge today ruled that the grossly inadequate conditions at the Maricopa County Jail, overseen by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, are unconstitutional and jeopardize the health and safety of prisoners.
PHOENIX – The American Civil Liberties Union is in a federal district court beginning today seeking to rebuff an attempt by Maricopa County and its sheriff, Joe Arpaio, to terminate a federal consent decree mandating that he maintain conditions at the Maricopa County Jail that meet constitutional minimums.
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