Papago Unit, west of Douglas, to close

The Arizona Department of Corrections Papago Unit located west of Douglas will be closing later this month.

The Arizona Department of Corrections Papago Unit, located west of Douglas, will be closing later this month.

DOC officials recently confirmed the closure but would not provide an exact date of the closure or a reason why.

The Papago Unit houses approximately 250 inmates, many of which are work crews who provide services around Douglas and other parts of Cochise County. The inmates housed at the facility will be relocated to the main complex north of Douglas

Douglas DOC Warden Meegan Muse said the work crews will continue to be available the only difference being now instead of picking the inmates up at the Papago Unit, they will be picked up at the main complex on Highway 191.

“There will be no interruption of services we provide to Douglas or Cochise County,” she said.

The Douglas Dispatch has learned two other facilities inside the Douglas DOC have closed. The Eggars Unit closed roughly six months ago while the Maricopa Unit was closed over a year ago.

Currently there are three units inside the Douglas DOC that remain open. The Gila which is a level II type of facility; Mohave, a level III and the Complex Detention Unit.

Inside the three units there are roughly 1,600 inmates being guarded by 500 corrections officers and staff members.

Staff working at the Papago Unit have been reassigned to one of the three open units inside the Douglas prison. The deputy warden of the Papago Unit did transfer to Tucson.


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