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Groups address safety issues at Arizona prison after ABC15 Investigators report on broken doors

Posted at 11:20 AM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 14:52:26-04

PHOENIX — Following an ABC15 Investigators report about broken doors at an Arizona prison, groups held a press conference addressing the safety issues.

The Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association and inmate advocacy group Middle Ground Prison Reform groups spoke together Tuesday morning at the Arizona State Capitol.

Watch what they had to say in the video player above.

The ABC15 Investigators were first to expose leaked surveillance videos and documents from inside Buckeye's Lewis Prison where some cell doors don't lock. Experts call it of the most chaotic and dangerous environments they've ever seen.

FULL SECTION: Unlocked and Unsafe

The report led to calls for the AZDOC head's resignation and another investigation launched by Governor Doug Ducey.

The DOC installed hundreds of padlocks on cell doors in Lewis Prison to address the problem, which raised fire and safety concerns from inmates’ families, correctional officers, and advocates.