PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona corrections sergeant says the department has ordered employees to play down issues with broken cell door locks that resulted in over 700 inmates being transferred out of a Phoenix-area prison.

[RELATED: Arizona Dept. of Corrections transfers 700+ inmates out of Buckeye prison]

The allegations by a whistleblower in a May 15 letter to Gov. Doug Ducey say an official demanded those who were inspecting the locks last week to only report certain issues in a specific report and that she has been retaliated against for reporting them to a local TV station.

[RELATED: Leaked videos prompt call to action concerning safety at Arizona prisons]

Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan said Friday that he is “fully looking into” the retaliation issue.

[RELATED: ACLU asks Gov. Ducey to fire prisons director]

The union representing guards says lock problems led to an inmate’s death and the severe beating of two guards.

[RELATED: ADC: Inmate stabs corrections officer at Lewis Prison in Buckeye]

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