PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Department of Corrections has received approval to start the first phase of a nearly $46 million plan to replace cell door locks, fire alarms and air conditioning at two state prisons.
A legislative committee that reviews capital spending on Tuesday approved $17.7 million for new locks and fire systems at the Lewis prison complex west of Phoenix.
The move comes just two months after the department was rocked by revelations that Lewis prison inmates could open their locked cell doors and attack corrections officers and other prisoners. The Yuma prison has similar lock issues.
Approval is still needed for Lewis to get a new $11.3 million air conditioning system starting next March. Similar work at the Yuma prison starting in July 2020 is expected to cost $13.8 million.