FLORENCE — In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Arizona prisons will no longer be accepting inmates from county jails.
The Arizona Department of Corrections announced Monday that it had reached an agreement with Arizona’s 15 sheriffs to keep the inmates where they are even after they have been convicted. Those convicted of felonies are typically sent to prison from jail after trial.
This policy will be in place for the next three weeks, followed by another three weeks of “prudent admission.”
“Today is another example of how law enforcement agencies across the State are working together to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus while maintaining public safety,” said ADC Director David Shinn. “I want to thank all 15 Sheriffs for their commitment and partnership. In particular, I also want to thank Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb, for their exemplary leadership in this collaborative law enforcement effort.”
The department noted there have not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any of the state’s 16 prison complexes.