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Arizona Department Of Corrections Extends Visitation Suspension As COVID-19 Cases Rise

The Arizona Department of Corrections is extending the suspension of visitations at state prisons as the number of COVID-19 positive cases among inmates and staff continues to rise.

The Department of Corrections says it is extending the suspension of legal and non-legal visitation at all state prisons through July 13.

ADC first suspended visitations on March 13 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and it has been updating the policy monthly as more inmates and prison staff have contracted the virus.

Two hundred forty-two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, and seven incarcerated people have died from the virus. One hundred eleven ADC staff have self-reported infections.

The department says inmates are eligible for one 15-minute video visitation and two 15-minute phone calls every week at no charge.

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Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.