Report: Over 94% of AZ inmates are violent or repeat felony offenders

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A new report says more than 94 percent of Arizona prison inmates are either violent or repeat felony offenders or both.

As of September 2009, more than 40,500 inmates were in the custody of the state Department of Corrections. The report found that more than 65 percent of those inmates could be classified as violent offenders and more than half were incarcerated for one or more violent offenses.

The 90-page report called "Prisoners in Arizona: A Profile of the Inmate Population" was released Tuesday by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council.

APAAC was created by the state Legislature in 1977. The council coordinates and provides training, education and support to Arizona prosecutors.