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Lawmaker: Some prison radios didn’t work during attack

ALLOUEZ, Wis. (AP) — A state senator says some radios didn’t work at Green Bay’s maximum security prison the day a corrections officer was attacked.

State Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, is requesting an independent review of problems at the Green Bay Correctional Institution in Allouez.

In a letter to state Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher, Hansen is also calling for immediate purchase of equipment to improve employees’ safety, such as working radios and “blind-spot mirrors.”

Officer John McKee suffered second- and third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body when an inmate attacked him with boiling water on July 18. The prison remains on lockdown.

The attack is being investigated. State officials say measures they’ve taken to improve staffing levels at the prison are having a positive effect.

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