The Arizona prison where two corrections officers were held hostage is plagued by unprofessionalism and complacency among officers, a panel reviewing the hostage standoff said Tuesday.
Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis has severe problems caused by officer inexperience, a remote location and an unusual prison design, reports the Arizona Republic. These issues may have contributed to the ability of two inmates to take over an armed watchtower Jan. 18. Those problems are part of a broad range of systemwide issues that the Department of Corrections should address in light of the incident, panel members said.
“The overall unprofessionalism of staff was rampant at this facility,” the co-chairman of the governor-appointed panel said.