Please join us for an in-person community conversation to hear from some of the sources and experts featured in our investigative coverage of the deaths and dangers at the Pima County jail.
Panelists will include Pima County Sheriff Chris Nanos; Jared Keenan, the senior staff attorney with ACLU of Arizona; the mother of a man who died inside the jail; and Arizona Luminaria reporter John Washington.
AZ Luminaria Executive Editor Dianna Náñez will moderate this important discussion. We’ll offer snacks, make time for your questions and for getting to know each other better.
Register today for tickets for this live event in downtown Tucson. It’s free to attend.
‘Unconstitutional hole’: How Pima County jail deaths — one recently ruled a homicide — are part of a grim pattern
“Give me answers!” Melissa Welch shouts, arching her back and aiming her voice toward the flat facade of the Pima County Adult Detention Complex. Two months earlier, inside that jail, guards repeatedly shocked her little brother, Wade Welch, with a taser. Minutes later, he…Keep reading
People continue to die in Pima County’s jail. Could bail reform make it less deadly?
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How we reported the Pima County jail story
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Pima County approves raise for guards at deadly jail
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