Edwin Jensen, warden of Arizona’s Yuma prison, has died, but the state has not disclosed the cause of his death, reports KJZZ radio. The prison houses more than 4,400 inmates. Clinton Roberts, president of the Arizona Corrections Association, said Jensen was an open-minded colleague who was able to help solve staff issues and called his passing “a great loss.” The Yuma prison is in the throes of its second large COVID-19 outbreak of the pandemic. In recent weeks, more than 600 inmates tested positive.
Employees said they believe most of the staff has been infected as well, but no official numbers are publicly available. More than 1,500 Department of Corrections employees have self-reported COVID infections throughout the pandemic. The Yuma County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Jensen’s death but said it would not determine the cause of death.