Our Unlocked and Unsafe investigation is an unprecedented and unflinching look at the chaos and dysfunction inside Arizona’s most dangerous prison. Multiple whistleblowers at the Lewis prison complex risked their careers to provide ABC15 with leaked surveillance videos. The videos are unlike anything outside experts have ever seen inside an American prison facility.
The footage clearly reveals an unimaginable yet everyday truth about Lewis prison: cells don’t lock and haven’t for years. High-custody inmates open doors at will. Inmates are murdered. Officers are ambushed by mobs of prisoners. Inmates ignite fires in a max-security unit as officers watch. Even more stunning, our investigation exposed top administrators knew of the problems but chose to ignore them.