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Pima County Jail locked down after water leak damages security doors, cameras

The Pima County Jail was locked down Tuesday, with officials saying work to repair a broken pipe and roof leak may be complete tomorrow. Visitation, including video visits, have been canceled while the repairs are made.

The leak damaged security systems, including remote door locks and surveillance cameras, Sheriff Mark Napier said.

Earlier in the afternoon, county officials told defense attorneys that an unspecified "issue with the facility that did not result in any injury to any inmate" would cause the jail to be locked down for at least three days.

A spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff's Department, which runs the Adult Detention Center, 1270 W. Silverlake Rd., said around 3:45 p.m. that a broken pipe and roof fixes were being made, and "should be done sometime tomorrow."

Napier later told TucsonSentinel.com that rain from a roof leak had "gotten into some circuit boards" and that remote door controls and security cameras were not functioning.

"We're having to go unlock doors manually, like we would have 15 years ago," he said Tuesday night. "And we've got some extra personnel standing in places where we don't have cameras working."

Replacement parts might be able to be shipped overnight, but Napier said the fixes would likely not be made by Wednesday.

"We had an awful lot of rain down there," he said.

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Attorneys were told in an internal memo that there "is a definite possibility that the lockdown status will be substantially longer than the rest of the week."

While the lockdown continues, attorneys are unable to meet with their clients, the memo said. For those representing defendants in trial with week or next, "jail staff will figure out a way for you to meet with your client."

Public visitation with jail inmates will also be suspended while the lockdown continues, said PCSD Deputy Daniel Jelineo.

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