September 24, 2013 Andrew L Farkas

Arizona State Prison Complex – Lewis

Arizona State Prison Complex – Lewis is one of 13 prison facilities operated by the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC). ASPC-Lewis is located in Buckeye, Maricopa County, Arizona, 43 miles west from the state capital of Phoenix, Arizona.

Each housing unit at ASPC-Lewis is named after an ADC correctional officer who was killed in the line of duty.
Arizona Prison Complex – Lewis Aerial
Arizona Prison Complex – Lewis Aerial

In remembrance their names are:

Brent W. Lumley
Sandra Bachman
Theodore Buckley
Robert Barchey
Dale Morey
Paul Rast
Jim Stiner

ASPC-Lewis has an inmate capacity of 4,397 in 6 housing units, at level 2, 3 and 4 security levels. The ADC uses a score classification system to assess inmate’s appropriate custody and security level placement. The scores range from 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest risk or need. ASPC-Lewis is a modern, medium security prison built by both commercial and convict labor.
ASPC Unit     Custody Level
Stiner-South     3
Stiner-North     2
Barchey     3
Morey Unit     2; 3; 4
Bachman     2
Buckley     4

Standoff

In 2004, the Lewis complex was the site of the longest standoff between inmates and law officers in United States history. It was a 15-day ordeal, beginning January 18 and ending February 2. Two guards were taken hostage, one male and one female.