OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL


ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE CORRECTIONS
OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL

DOUG SARGENT
Inspector General
1624 West Adams Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Telephone: (602) 542-5490 | Fax: (602) 542-5156

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The Office of the Inspector General is comprised of an Inspector General who manages and oversees the operation of three (3) support areas: Investigations, PREA Compliance, and Quality Assurance.

INVESTIGATIONS UNIT

The Investigations Unit is responsible for conducting timely, accurate, professional investigations, and follow-up on acts and/or omissions contrary to law and/or ADJC policies and procedures. The unit also provides additional support services such warrant/abscond detail, intelligence services, and an employee background investigations detail. The Investigations Unit is comprised of seven (7) investigators.

ADMINISTRATIVE INVESTIGATIONS

Two investigators are charged with the investigation of all serious administrative investigations into matters of state or agency policies, procedures, and/or practices. The investigators collect and analyze data of criminal activities and alleged staff misconduct by ADJC employees and incarcerated youth, including managing case property and evidence as needed. They confer with agency officials, staff members, and external representatives to acquire information needed for determinations. The investigators are responsible for writing comprehensive case reports at the conclusion of their investigation.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS

ADJC requires background investigations be performed on prospective employees, contract personnel, interns, and volunteers to determine the accuracy of their applications and whether applicants are suitable for employment. In accordance with A.R.S. § 41-1750(G)(1), fingerprint checks are also completed. One investigator is assigned to conduct all background investigations.

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

Under the authority of A.R.S. § 41-2804, two AZPOST sworn investigators are charged with both proactive and reactive responses to all criminal acts related to ADJC operation. These investigators are certified with powers of arrest and authority to execute search warrants. Under this provision, the ADJC Warrant Team conducts investigations to locate, apprehend, and return juvenile offenders who have absconded from community supervision. They conduct interviews, gather information, and participate in undercover investigations, searches and/or surveillance of persons or targeted locations or establishments where it is believed the youth is present.

GANG IDENTIFICATION AND INTERDICTION

Two investigators are assigned to gang identification and interdiction. One investigator is assigned as a Detention Liaison Officer responsible for identifying gang members and sharing their information state-wide through the Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission (GIITEM) task force. The second investigator is charged with preventing violence in the secure care facility through intelligence gathering and dissemination. The investigators collects data, analyzes youth crimes, interprets graffiti, notes and tattoos, and scrutinizes information received from various reporting services. This information is used to provide ongoing training for ADJC employees.

NARCOTIC AND CONTRABAND INTERDICTION

The ADJC Investigations Unit, engages in narcotics and contraband interdiction activities designed to detect and confiscate illegal drugs and other dangerous contraband. The Unit participates and/or conducts surveillance of youthful offenders in secure care, ADJC staff and visitors; secure care housing unit, and secure care institutional area searches, sweeps, and use of drug sniffing canines.

PREA COMPLIANCE

The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) has zero tolerance towards all forms of sexual abuse, including sexual harassment. ADJC is committed to creating a safe environment and protecting youth against sexual victimization. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) supports the elimination, reduction, and prevention of sexual assault and rape within corrections systems. The Inspector General serves as the ADJC PREA Coordinator, responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing the agency's plan to comply with PREA standards. One ADJC Inspector is assigned as the PREA Compliance Manager, responsible for coordinating the facility's efforts to comply with the PREA standards.

QUALITY ASSURANCE / INSPECTIONS UNIT

The Quality Assurance / Inspections Unit is responsible for ensuring that staff adhere to department policies and procedures and coordinates the implementation of the Department's quality assurance programs. The Unit is comprised of five (5) Quality Assurance Inspectors.

SECURE CARE AUDITS / INSPECTIONS - Inspectors conduct formal audits of the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections' (ADJC) Adobe Mountain School secure care facility throughout the year. During these audits, Inspectors monitor and review compliance with a variety of operational, educational, and treatment policies and procedures, as well as coordinate all quality assurance activities in the facility. Corrective action plans are developed to address any deficiencies identified by the audits. The Inspections Unit conducts follow-up audits to determine whether the deficiencies were fully addressed.

GREEN - AMBER - RED (GAR) - Facility inspectors monitor GAR. GAR Review is a facility-wide inspection tool conducted by identified users to monitor and ensure compliance with pre-determined competencies. The system allows for notification of deficiencies. Green is marked if the competency is in compliance. Amber, used sparingly, and is marked if one minor item from a procedure is missing. Red is marked for a document or process not completed, or if there is a significant threat to life or safety. When a competency is marked Amber or Red, a corrective action plan is assigned to a supervisor, who must complete the required task, to ensure compliance.

DETENTION CENTER INSPECTIONS - In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes, A.R.S. § 8-306 the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) conducts semi-annual inspections of thirteen Arizona County Detention Centers that house delinquent youth under the age of 18 years.  The Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC), and County Detention Center Standards are used to evaluate the condition and operation of the facilities. Within ten (10) working days, the ADJC inspector provides a written report to the presiding judge of the juvenile court of the condition and operation of the detention center, including recommendations for improvement. The inspector follows up with the detention center at subsequent audits. Additionally, a copy of the report is filed with the County Board of Supervisors. The method of inspections consists of:
  • Review of applicable policy and procedure documents
  • Examination of related reports and documentation
  • Interviews with detention personnel and detainees
  • Direct observation of conditions and operations within the facility