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DOJ Praises MCSO For Treatment Of Non-English Speaking Inmates

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is getting high praise from the Department of Justice this week for breaking down a long standing barrier for non-English speaking inmates.

Six months under a new Sheriff and two years after the Department of Justice ordered an attitude change toward non-English speaking inmates at the Maricopa County Jails, the DOJ sent a letter congratulating Sheriff Paul Penzone for meeting all of its legal requirements.

The DOJ noted a “significant shift” in jail attitudes and treatment of Latino inmates, which inspectors say is contributing to a safer and more equitable environment.

They credited MCSO specifically for identifying inmates who need help, hiring more bi-lingual personnel, and setting up signage and broadcasting systems for relaying critical information faster and more effectively.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.