PHOENIX (AP) – A corrections officer who was nearly raped by an inmate at the Yuma state prison is among eight officers suing prisons director Charles Ryan and the state of Arizona for prison conditions they contend led to assaults and injuries.
The suit filed in Maricopa County Superior Court lists understaffing, poor maintenance and other factors that put corrections officers at risk. The suit seeks an injunction requiring the Department of Corrections to fix the problems and compensation for their injuries.
The inmate who assaulted the female officer in Yuma during an April 13, 2015, meeting in an office was sentenced to an additional 11 years in prison. The lawsuit contends understaffing put her at risk.
Corrections spokesman Andrew Wilder said Tuesday the agency was reviewing the suit and he couldn’t immediately comment.
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