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Resource ID: #25798
Subject: Detention
Source: KPNX-TV (Phoenix)
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Date: 2/29/2012; 3/6/2012

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Wendy Halloran first requested public records from the Arizona Department of Corrections (“ADOC”) in the fall of 2010, shortly after Anthony Lester died at the Manzanita Detention Unit in Tucson. As she investigated the incident, Halloran learned that ADOC officers who responded to the call in Lester's prison cell retrieved a video camera to document the incident. The resulting video depicted the officers' response to Lester's suicide attempt. It has taken a monumental effort and significant legal action which was necessitated by ADOC's repeated stonewalling of Halloran and KPNX's request for access to this video. The Arizona Department of Corrections desired to limit the risk of institutional embarrassment and shield the public from its right to evaluate the work of prison guards when a mentally ill inmate dies on their watch. In the end, KPNX and Wendy Halloran substantially prevailed.

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