Prison break emerges as political issue in Arizona

Prison break emerges as political issue in Arizona

Prison break emerges as political issue in Arizona

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by AP

azfamily.com

Posted on August 21, 2010 at 11:34 AM

PHOENIX (AP) — The escape of three Arizona prison inmates has emerged as a political issue for Gov. Jan Brewer and legislators.

Sparring began early this month when lawmakers reported for a special session on another issue.

Democrats argued that they should have instead focused on prison security. Some Republicans agreed that oversight hearings would be good, while others accused the Democrats of using it as political issue.

The topic simmered as lawmakers awaited a state report on the escape.

Democrats accused Brewer's administration of delaying the report, which Corrections Director Charles Ryan denied.

The report was released on Thursday and acknowledged that state monitoring failed to detect faulty alarms, poor staffing practices and other flaws at the prison.

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