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Resource ID: #21478
Subject: Prisons
Source: Arizona Republic (Phoenix)
Date: 2004-03-21



This narrative recounts the nation's longest prison hostage standoff, a 15-day crisis at an Arizona prison. The story was reconstructed from Republic interviews and from 50 hours of taped negotiations between inmates and negotiators, official debriefings of corrections officers, investigative reports, inmate files, command logs and other public records. The Republic obtained the records only after much wrangling with the Department of Corrections and the Governor's office. After the Republic published stories on the standoff based on off-the-record sources, a county prosecutor's office rejected the Governor's office arguments to withhold the information and released the records. The story revealed how gross security flaws, mismanagement, and poor judgment led to the incident in which two women were raped.

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