Prison whistleblower who exposed unsafe conditions in Arizona facility found dead Police in Arizona said her death is being treated as a suicide.
An Arizona correctional sergeant who blew the whistle on corruption and unsafe conditions inside a jail facility was found dead in an apparent suicide, officials confirmed to ABC News.
Contreras initially turned over the videos and altered documentation regarding the broken locks anonymously, but came forward in an exclusive interview with ABC15 a month later.
The whistleblower was suspended for a week when she was caught downloading the videos.
"I had enough," Contreras said during the May 2019 interview when asked why she downloaded and leaked the footage.
"Because it’s a crime, what they were doing: allowing this to happen, allowing staff to get hurt, and not doing anything about it.".
Because of Contreras' fight, over 1,000 cell doors were repaired and replaced, the prison took on new leadership and was renamed the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry. »