Arizona fire marshal OKs temporary padlocks on prison cell doors

Apr 30, 2019, 11:29 AM | Updated: 6:37 pm
( Photo)...
( Photo)
( Photo)

PHOENIX – The state office responsible for enforcing fire codes said that an Arizona prison could continue to padlock doors to keep inmates from walking out of unlocked cells.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal said in an email Monday to the director of the Department of Corrections Charles Ryan that while padlocks in close-custody areas at Lewis Prison in Buckeye were a violation, “the Codes do allow for locking arrangements that may otherwise be prohibited.”

Some doors have been padlocked after prisoners continually got out of their cells after rigging locks to stay open.

“The implemented solution is not ideal,” Josiah Brant, acting assistant director for the fire marshal’s office, said in the letter, but would be allowed temporarily.

“After confirming information such as emergency response procedures and local issues regarding overall “assaults” and fire incidents we were taken out to look at a couple of pods that had the locks in place. We also provided some on site concerns to review and take into consideration.”

ABC15 reported Monday that the prison put padlocks on hundreds of cell doors to stop the roamings.

Last week the TV station reported that prisoners have attacked guards, staff and each other because they were able to leave their cells, where the locks have been repeatedly tampered with.

Gov. Doug Ducey has authorized two investigations into security and safety issues at the prison.

The email also said Warden Gerald Thompson indicated officers’ training to open the locks and evacuate prisoners in case of an emergency would begin Tuesday.

The fire marshal’s office said it would return to the prison in a week to check on progress.

ASPC Lewis Padlocks

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(AP File Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Arizona man sentenced to 15 years for selling fentanyl that caused fatal OD

An Arizona man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison for supplying the fentanyl that killed a woman 2½ years ago.
24 hours ago
(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Pedestrian crossing street killed in Laveen following hit-and-run

Phoenix police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run collision after a pedestrian died Tuesday evening in Laveen Village.
24 hours ago
(Coronado National Forest Photo)...
Kevin Stone

Forest officials warn visitors about shipping container wall at Arizona border

Officials are warning Coronado National Forest visitors about potential safety hazards related to shipping container border wall construction in southern Arizona.
24 hours ago
Shaqueila Hudson (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Photo)...

Woman accused of fatally stabbing father during argument in Phoenix

A woman was arrested for allegedly stabbing her father to death during an argument Tuesday in Phoenix, authorities said.
24 hours ago
(Photos via Buckeye Police Department)...

Buckeye Police boost reward to $12,000 for tips in fatal hit-and-run of 16-year-old girl

Authorities have upped the reward for tips in the fatal hit-and-run of a 16-year-old girl more than two years ago in Buckeye.
24 hours ago
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)...

Mesa police fatally shoot man who allegedly drove into patrol vehicle

Police shot and killed a man who allegedly drove into a patrol vehicle outside a Mesa convenience store early Wednesday.
24 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Quantum Fiber

How high-speed fiber internet edges out cable for everyday use

In a world where technology drives so much of our daily lives, a lack of high-speed internet can be a major issue.
Quantum Fiber

Stream 4K and more with powerful, high-speed fiber internet

Picking which streaming services to subscribe to are difficult choices, and there is no room for internet that cannot handle increased demands.
Children’s Cancer Network

Children’s Cancer Network celebrates cancer-fighting superheroes, raises funds during September’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Jace Hyduchak was like most other kids in his kindergarten class: He loved to play basketball, dress up like his favorite superheroes and jump as high as his pint-sized body would take him on his backyard trampoline.
Arizona fire marshal OKs temporary padlocks on prison cell doors