Management 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.