"Snitch" who exposed corruption and terrible conditions of detention of prisoners in the Arizona jail was found dead
A sergeant in Corrections Department in Arizona and an active fighter against corrupt officials, Gabriela Contreras was found on March 8 in her home with a bullet wound to her head. According to authorities, it was an obvious suicide.
It is reported that on that night, police received a message about the "disturbance" in the house of Contreras. When the police arrived, the officers found Gabriela Contreras "unresponsive, with an apparent self-inflicted gun-shot wound," said spokeswoman with the police department.
The person Contreras has been focused on since last year, when an employee of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry leaked evidence of criminal management actions on the Internet.
Such undeniable evidence forced the governor to investigate the prison. According to the evidence provided by Contreras and the results of the investigation, it turned out that more than 1 thousand cell doors were faulty, as a result of which the lives of the guards were in danger. According to official information, several officers died in fights with prisoners, due to the fact that the broken locks on the doors of the cells could not restrain the criminals.
But despite the disappointing statistics and deplorable conditions of work and detention, the deputy head of the prison decided to deceive the public. After Gov. Doug Ducey obliged the prison to compile reports on all faulty doors, the prison authorities ordered their subordinates “only to count the cell doors that opened on their own when the padlock was removed”.
After exposing her place of work, Contreras was suspended for one week, but under the yoke of senior officials, the prison authorities returned her place of work.
"The deputy warden was outraged that we reported all of the deficiencies we found," Contreras wrote, according to ABC News. "He told us that we were only to count the cell doors that opened on their own when the padlock was removed -- and that we should not have included cell doors that opened with a slight juggle or push or be caused to register an Unauthorized Access alert on the computer on this report."
A year later, Gabriela Contreras was found dead, as authorities say, with "clear signs of suicide." Police have not yet reported that they are looking for evidence showing that the 31-year-old informant was brought to suicide.