Audit indicates ADOC programs need work


TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – This is on behalf of the department, Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reintegration. But an audit just released by Arizona’s auditor general said the department needs to work on the rehabilitation part.

The bureau’s analysis looked at data on inmates between January 2017 and November 2019. According to this report, the ministry did not provide cognitive restructuring and drug treatment programs to most inmates who needed them. .

“A reduction in recidivism and other program benefits cannot be achieved through these programs when they are not available to inmates,” the report says.

Staffing and other limitations affect the ministry’s ability to deliver the programs, the report said. The Tucson complex has offered drug addiction programs to inmates since at least 2017.

The second observation? Many of the inmates enrolled in programs did not complete them due to transfers to different units and administrative referrals from the programs.

The most recent figures for 2020 show that 150 of the 262 inmates enrolled in the program have completed it.

Tucson also offers an intensive drug addiction program. In 2020, 9 inmates registered for the program and 7 completed it.

The audit also found that the Ministry does not monitor program completion times, which the audit found would help assess and potentially improve registration practices.

Department Director David Shinn responded to this verification. The department accepted all of the Auditor General’s findings and agreed to make the changes.

Click here to read the full report.

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