Strategic Plan





TheArizona Department of Corrections is an organization established forthe detention of inmates in Arizona. It is located in the westernArizona occupying an area of 40 acres. The population served by ADCis over 50,000 prisoners. Arizona Department of Corrections manages arecruitment and training academy of correction officer called theCorrectional Officer Training Academy (COTA). The academy has over5,000 well trained uniformed and uninformed specialists that help inclassroom teaching, personnel services, health and nursing needs(Freeman,2011).


Themission statement of Arizona Department of Corrections is to serveand protect the residents of Arizona. It is achieved throughdetaining of the convicted criminals by designing programs thatencourage the convicted felons. There is also close supervision forthose released from prison. The agency statement further promotes asuccessful community reintegration.


  1. Staff Development and Training Programs

Thefirst program is staff development and training programs. The programhelps boost individual professionalism as well as facilitating agencydevelopment beyond the boundaries. The programs offer in-servicetraining for employees who are directly related to the punishment ofoffenders and those in other departments (Freeman,2011).They can handle the challenges experiences both at work and home. Themanagement staff is equipped with the necessary tools that helpsharpen the skills of supervisors. Under the program, there areseveral courses recognized.

  1. Correctional Managers Academy

Thefirst course is the Correctional Managers Academy. It was establishedto hone supervisory skills of new staff. It helps them familiarizewith the position, duties, and responsibilities. The skills assistthe junior staff members with their daily responsibilities (Freeman,2011).

  1. Correctional Administration Academy

Thesecond course offered for staff development and training is theCorrectional Administration Academy. It helps supplement thecompetence of Wardens. CAA course enables the directors to solve thechallenges they encounter in their daily changing environments(Freeman,2011).

  1. Correctional Leadership Academy 1 &amp 2

CorrectionalLeadership Academy 1 and 2 are also additional courses offeredrelated to staff development. It comprises of team building,leadership, and communication. The course helps instill teamdiscipline and is mainly undertaken by security supervisors. On thesame point, the Correctional Leadership Academy 2 boosts competencyrequired by Sergeants, who assist in strategic planning.

  1. Sex Offender Education and Treatment

Thesecond program offered at Arizona Department of Corrections is SexOffender Education and Treatment (SOETP). The aim is to educate theinmates on ways to evade behaviors that can lead them to prisons. Inaddition, it is a cognitive behavioral education program with coursesthat help prevent, treat and assess sexual related behaviors(Freeman,2011).The elements of SOETP include psychological assessment, testing,therapies and specific assignments (Freeman,2011).Inmates are also encouraged to form groups that will foster change.Social competency among the inmates is promoted through grouptherapies. The sex offender education and treatment programs havebeen successful. According to research by the ADC, there are few ofcases of inmates who comeback having completed the programsuccessfully.

  1. Addiction treatment Programs

Addictiontreatment services are also advocated by the Arizona Department ofCorrections. Substance abuse users are treated, and different methodsare used. They are required to undergo a screening process forreviewing to identify the degree of attention and ranking (Freeman,2011).The addiction treatment programs are divided into four categoriesnamely intensive, moderate, educational and no treatment program.The first category is intensive treatment. It has a year program thatis evenly distributed all through the year. Mild treatment offers asix month course. These programs vary according to the ranks(Freeman,2011).They address issues related to family, stress management andparenting among others. The program has been successful, and researchshows that over 90% of the inmates who leave ADC have a good recordand become useful members of the society.

  1. Detainee Education

Prisonereducation has been one of the advocated programs at ArizonaDepartment of Corrections. The importance of these programs is tohelp eliminate recidivism in Arizona City. They provide training andeducation that is intended to reduce the number of lawbreakers (Governor`sManagement Improvement Plan, 2013). These educational programs allowoffenders to venture into professional careers that will help themlive their dreams once released.

  1. Functional Literacy

Thefirst inmate education program category is functional literacy. Itcaters for offenders with limited language development. Functionalliteracy helps offenders read, write, solve mathematical relatedproblems and other essential skills necessary to function in a workenvironment (Freeman,2011).There are measures established to identify offenders who needfunctional literacy classes. Upon arrival at ADC, offenders aretested using Test for Adults Education.

  1. General Education Development

Thesecond inmate education category is General Education Development. Itis a high school diploma that is similar to the one given to thegeneral public. It is offered to inmates who have successfullycompleted the 8th-gradelevel but have not attempted the GED test (Freeman,2011).Offenders are invited to register for these diplomas so that they canget opportunities to advance in other professional careers. It isconsidered an achievement to hold a GED diploma that is recognized bythe ministry of education in Arizona.

  1. Work Based Education

Thethird category is work-based education. These programs assist inmatesto acquire skills needed in the working environment. They areprovided to criminals who have successfully completed the GeneralEducation Development and are ready to start working. They period ofthese programs varies according to the type of profession that onechooses. Less complicate professional last between six to twelvemonths while sophisticated careers such as accounting continues overtwo years (Governor`sManagement Improvement Plan, 2013).


TheArizona Department of Corrections has established four organizationalgoals.The first objective is to maintain maximum control and safe custodyof all the inmates in the institution. The management of the ADCensures that the surrounding environments of the offenders are safeand humane (Governor`sManagement Improvement Plan, 2013).The other goal is encouraging detainees to participate in programsthat will enhance their development and improvement. The otherprincipal objective is to maintain a successful completion of jailterm and fostering transition. ADC ensures that offenders arecounseled and educated on different issues in order to interact withthe community harmoniously (Governor`sManagement Improvement Plan, 2013).The last objective is to enhance technology in resource management,leadership as well as direction.


  1. Inmate population Growth

TheArizona Department of Corrections has a number of strategies that ituses to address each of the objectives. The first strategic issuethat ADC focuses is managing the inmate population growth. Researchshows that the average prison population grew by over 30% per dayfrom the year 2001 to 2010. However, the decrease in the year 2010was the worst after a 1973 drop. Despite the decline, the ADCcontinues to use programs that help inmates develop individually aswell as their careers. The institution adopts strategies that willfacilitate public, staff and inmates protection (Governor`sManagement Improvement Plan, 2013). As part of the strategic issue,the organization is planning to expand the number of beds byestablishing permanent and contracted private beds. In the future,ADC plans to set programming that will make sure the unmet primaryneeds of the organization are achieved.

  1. Security and Supervision

Thesecond strategic issues that the ADC wishes to address is enhancingsafety and supervising the operations of the organization. It entailsreviewing of the operational activities of the organization. ADCwants to strengthen the operational and management oversight. Itincludes evidence collection and analysis processes, improved prisonsupervision and investigative methods (Governor`sManagement Improvement Plan, 2013). The strategy is to develop thegeneral procedures of the organization and improve staff training.

  1. Privatization and Partnerships

Thethird strategic issue is promoting efficiency by privatization andpartnerships. Organizations improve the general operations of theiractivities through privatization. The Arizona department ofCorrections encourages the use of private and public contractors toperform the majority of the functions. For instance, food provisionservices, education, communication services as well as healthservices among others (Governor`sManagement Improvement Plan, 2013).

  1. Technology

Thelast Strategic issue is technology and services delivery. The ADCdemonstrates the use of current and up to date technology so as tooffer standardized, timely and efficient services. It will alsoenhance system integration. Technology will improve securedinformation systems. The organization will accomplish its goalsquickly without any difficulty (Governor`sManagement Improvement Plan, 2013).The systems of the institution will be shifted to web-basedtechnology systems that make information available with the click ofthe mouse.


Freeman,R. M. (2011). Correctionalorganization and management: Public policy challenges, behavior, andstructure.Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann.

Governor`sManagement Improvement Plan (N.J.). (2013). Departmentof Corrections, the correctional system: Strategic issues andalternatives: a report.Trenton: The Plan.