Grantee reveals lax medical care by a for-profit company, as death rate in Arizona county jail spikes

With support from the Fund, reporter John Washington of Arizona Luminaria is investigating the unusually high rate of deaths at the Pima County jail. In 2022, at least 12 people died in the jail. In the latest installment in an ongoing series, Washington looked at the quality and quantity of medical care for inmates and found it extremely deficient. He was able to get access to 111 medical complaint records from a one-month period that showed inmates going weeks or months without medication. The county’s own monthly audits have found that NaphCare, the for-profit Alabama company that manages medical care at the jail, has consistently failed to provide adequate and timely care to the people detained in the jail.