Corrections Papago Unit, west of Douglas, to reopen for women

Now, with the boost in incarcerated women, Shinn wants to reopen it. He figures the minimum security facility has the capacity for 250 permanent beds and 90 temporary beds.

The underlying cause -- more women being locked up -- left House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez with questions. The Yuma Democrat said lawmakers have been told by corrections officials that overall prison population is leveling off.

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House Democratic leadership calls for Lewis Prison whistleblower investigation

The letter, authored by Leader Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, and Reps. Randall Friese D-Tucson, Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen, and Athena Salman, D-Tempe, states that party leaders were optimistic that a sea change would come after the retirement of former director Charles Ryan, who helmed DOC for 10 years, but stepped down in August following growing criticism and media reports that he was aware of the extent of the dysfunction in Lewis Prison. However, the letter says that optimism was “premature.”

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Charlene Fernandez is Awarded as Arts Champion

The Yuma Art Center also celebrated Arizona State Representative Charlene Fernandez as a Legislative Arts Champion. “We have the arts in Arizona because of people who fight the good fight for them in our capitol,” Executive Director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts Joseph Benesh said.

Fernandez received the Legislative Arts Champion Award – the first of its kind to be presented at a Tribute of the Muses ceremony.

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Fernandez calls for special session on gun safety

With two mass shootings fresh on people's minds the top state House Democrat wants a special session to debate -- and presumably enact -- a series of gun control measures.

Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, is pulling out all of the proposals that the Republican-controlled Legislature refused to debate, much less consider, in the past five years. These range from universal background checks and bans on military-style assault rifles to limits on high-capacity magazines and making it a crime for adults to leave weapons where children can get them.

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Fernandez and Colleagues Hold Town Hall in San Luis

Residents asked state Senator Lisa Otondo and Representatives Charlene Fernandez and Dr. Gerae Peten about immigration, the Port of Entry and more funding for San Luis schools, including the need for a second high school due to overcrowding.

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Hiring school counselors can’t wait

Charlene Stands Up to Governor on Nike Shoe Plant

Democratic State Rep. Charlene Fernandez, who represents the area where the proposed factory is to be built, questions why Ducey would stand in the way of the project that brings jobs and big money into the state.

“I thought we were open for business,” Fernandez said. “It’s their business. I figure they do what they have to do. Just like every other business here.”

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'Arizona will pay the price' for Trump Tariffs, says Dem Leader Fernandez

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The House Democratic Leader Charlene Fernandez released the following statement regarding President Trump's announcement that he will impose a 5-percent tariff on all goods entering the United States from Mexico. 

"The economies of Arizona and Mexico, particularly our border state of Sonora, are completely intertwined. Trade with Mexico supports more than 100,000 jobs here, many of those in Yuma and the communities I serve. If President Trump arbitrarily imposes tariffs on our largest trading partner, Arizonans will the ones to pay the price with higher costs for goods and lost jobs as he torpedoes our economy. And for what? It appears Trump just wants to change the subject from his potential impeachment to a manufactured humanitarian crisis at the border. For Governor Ducey to side with an increasingly reckless president rather than defend the economic interests of his own state and hardworking Arizonans is extremely disappointing."