Enhanced Security Measures Implemented in Wake of January 2021 Escape

December 3, 2021

(PHOENIX) — The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry today announced enhanced new safety measures after an exhaustive review of events related to the escape of two medium custody inmates earlier this year.  

“Public safety is always our top priority,” said David Shinn, ADCRR Director. “In order to safeguard against such an event happening in the future, we immediately began a wide-ranging, in-depth review and investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape and we have implemented several system-wide changes going forward.” 

The changes include the following: 
•    Implementation of enhanced physical plant security countermeasures, including additional fence structures, reinforced gates, and detection systems.
•    Implementation of enhanced storage system requirements.
•    Ongoing annual inspections by the Inspector General that will be conducted at all ADCRR facilities to ensure continued compliance with Departmental security policies.

On Saturday, January 23, 2021, inmates John B. Charpiot and David T. Harmon escaped from the medium custody South Unit at ASPC-Florence.  This unit is slated for closure at the end of 2023 which, will complete the ASPC-Florence deactivation. 

Charpiot and Harmon were taken into custody after a multi-agency effort.  The inmates escaped the evening of January 23, 2021 and were captured five days later outside of Coolidge, AZ. 

ADCRR wishes to express our gratitude to our law enforcement partners including the Florence and Coolidge Police Departments, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department, and the U.S. Marshals Service, for the resources deployed and the assistance provided that led to successful apprehension of the fugitives.