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Statements from Governor and Corrections Director Regarding Development of Sam Lewis Prison

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January 24, 2004


Statement from Governor Janet Napolitano
"I'm pleased with today's developments at the Sam Lewis Prison Complex in Buckeye. The safe return of one corrections officer is very encouraging and we are making sure that this brave person is receiving the best of care."

"But this is not over. There is another officer being held, and this remains a delicate and dangerous situation. We are using every tool at our disposal-including Federal, state and local resources - to ensure the remaining officer is released unharmed."

"I encourage your support and patience as we continue to work this complex negotiation. Please join me in keeping the corrections officer who is still held, as well as all the law enforcement personnel involved, in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you."

Statement from Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Dora Schriro

"I am so very proud of our excellent correctional team members, who have worked so hard from every post and job assignment around the state to bring our officers to safety. We are halfway there and we will not stop until both of our very brave co-workers are out of the tower and reunited with their families."

"I prize the support of the law enforcement and corrections community statewide and around the country. We could not have achieved the release of our staff without their tireless efforts. I am profoundly grateful to the media, too, without whose cooperation we could not have ensured the safety and well-being of our colleagues. Together, let's push forward, double-time, singularly focused on a second, safe release of the remaining correctional officer."

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