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Prevention and Mitigation Analysis
A look at prevention and mitigation in law enforcement situations.
# 151695 | 1,967 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Aug 29, 2012 in Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections)

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This paper analyzes a hostage situation that took place at the Morey Unit of the Lewis Prison Complex in Arizona in order to prevent any future incidents. The paper first discusses how the two prisoners were able to make homemade weapons and overtake a prison guard. Then, the paper describes various security lapses in this prison and the lessons that must be drawn to prevent such an incident from happening again. Specific areas of the prison are highlighted as are necessary security procedures for those sections. The paper points to the breakdown in communication at the Morely prison and how this enabled the prisoner/kidnappers to take control of the situation. Additionally, the paper calls for a reevaluation of the prisoner classification system within the system. The paper concludes by stating that its recommendations found in the investigation afterward highlight how criminologists can help prevent these kinds of incidents from occurring in the future.


Inmate Security
Yard / Kitchen Security
Tower Security
Response for the Department of Corrections and Law Enforcement
The Hostage Situation
Prisoner Classification System

From the Paper:

"After completing its investigation of what occurred, the committee submitted their report to the Governor, with several recommendations the most notable would include: improved inmate security procedures. In the incident that occurred at the Morey Unit, it was clear that one reason why the two inmates were able to overpower the first guard was because of a lack of security procedures in place. Where it was determined, that Wassenaar and Coy were searched for weapons before they left the cell house and reported for work detail in the kitchen. It was somewhere in yard or the kitchen that they were able to find the homemade knives; that were used to overpower the first guard. This is important because, after the initial investigation it was determined that the guard on duty (in the kitchen) did not engage in extensive pat downs or searches for weapons. This allowed the two inmates to develop a plan, for the situation to occur. To counter this issue, the report recommends that all searches should take place when someone arrives for work detail and before they leave. At every single location where inmates go in the prison, they should be subject to constant searches for homemade weapons."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Breakdowns, Complacency are Key Problems in 15 Day Arizona Takeover. (2004, March 10). Retrieved February 8, 2010 from All Business website: order/1137791-1.html
  • The Morey Hostage Unit Incident. (n.d.) Retrieved February 8, 2010 from Community NICIC website:
  • Ranzau, S. (2009, June 24). Prison Life: the Longest Prison Hostage Situation in U.S. History. Retrieved February 8, 2010 from Associated Content website:

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