Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for years has let inmates talk freely with reporters with few restrictions. Now, the County Attorney's Office wants to immediately know what inmates are saying. In a move that perplexed jail officials and sent ripples through Arizona news media, the Maricopa County Attorney's Office has begun monitoring interviews reporters do with inmates at the county jail — without prior notice.

David Bodney, a lawyer for media outlets challenging the action, said the County Attorney's Office's action is "unlawful."