prison door locks

Nick Oza/The Arizona Republic

An Arizona corrections officer has died after blowing the whistle last year on the dangers that her colleagues faced from the failure of cell door locks at a state prison. 


A supervisor at a troubled Arizona prison says the Department of Corrections and contractors hired to fix broken cell-door locks are failing to do the job and falsifying records.

A new report says locks failed for years at an Arizona prison and allowed for serious beatings of prisoners and guards, but Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan failed to appreciate the seriousness of the problem until video of an assault was broadcast on television.