AJS562 Management of Institutional Risk and Critical Incident Management

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Read the Assignment Background Information document on your student Web site. Write a 1,400-word analysis of the Arizona Department of Corrections’ Morey Unit hostage situation. Make recommendations for how the situation could have been avoided and mitigated, based on an analysis of the situation and the response. Format your analysis according to APA standards.

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Management of Institutional Risk and Critical Incident ManagementNameAJS562DateProfessorManagement of Institutional Risk and Critical Incident Management The Arizona Department of Corrections' Morey Unit hostage situation was the longest hostage crisis to ever occur within a prison setting. On January 18, 2004 Prison inmates, Wassenar and Coy enacted an escape plan that resulted in the two inmates taking over a prison tower and holding two prison guards hostage. The two inmates took advantage of lapses in security and failures of correctional staff to stay alert and aware in order to successfully begin an escape attempt. Due to the complacency of the prison staff two dangerous inmates were able to seize a prison tower and begin a fifteen day hostage crisis. Hostage Situation The crisis began when Ricky K. Wassenar and Steven J. Coy put into motion there escape plan. The crisis began in the kitchen when the two dangerous, prison inmates used a premade shank to take over kitchen staff. First Coy enters the kitchen and blocked the entryway where at 3:15am there is only one correctional officer present in the kitchen as well a female, civilian kitchen worker and prisoners assigned to kitchen duty. Once Coy blocked the door Wassenar took the shank and threatened the prison guard. He ordered him to remove his uniform and then handcuffed him to a cage in the tool room. The prison inmates then tied up the female kitchen worker before gathe

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