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Leaked video shows Florence prison security failures following inmate escape

Posted at 11:16 AM, Feb 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-06 18:45:30-05

FLORENCE, AZ — Leaked video shows the security failures that allowed two inmates to escape from Florence Prison’s South Unit in January 2021.

The video is narrated by Capt. Rodrick Williams, South Unit’s security chief, one day after inmates John Charpiot and David Harmon were reported missing from the prison.

Watch the unedited video in the player box above.

The video, leaked to ABC15, shows how the inmates passed security cameras unnoticed, walked through unlocked gates, broke into a tool room, and cut through multiple fences.

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry previously denied ABC15’s public records request for videos or pictures related to the department’s escape investigation. The department said the denial was for security reasons.

ADCRR issued a press release in December saying security enhancement have been made in prisons statewide since the Florence escape. Department officials declined an on-camera interview with ABC15.

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Capt. Rodrick was under investigation by ADCRR when he retired in April 2021.

Charpiot and Harmon were captured on January 28, 2021. They are awaiting trial for multiple charges relating to the escape.