Friday, April 29, 2011
Beaumont prison where prisoner used cellphone to escape has top number of guards disciplined for sneaking in cellphones, other violations
The Backgate encourages you to check out the Texas Watchdog Website. It's seasoned reporters cover what main stream media won't touch. The Backgate was mentioned in this story published in march.
By Jennifer Peebles, Texas Watchdog
The Beaumont prison from which an inmate escaped with the help of a cellphone earlier this month has one of Texas’ worst track records for prison personnel bringing cellphones into the facility.
That’s according to a Texas Watchdog analysis of prison system data procured by WOAI-Channel 4 in San Antonio.
Stiles Unit, the maximum-security facility from which David Puckett, 27, escaped and made his way to Nebraska, had the third-highest number of incidents in which Texas Department of Criminal Justice workers were accused of bringing or allowing cellphones, phone components or accessories into prison confines between 2006 and mid-2010, the data show. It had 42 such cases.
With nearly 3,000 inmates and 800 employees, Stiles tied with Neal Unit, another state prison near Amarillo, for the highest number of overall reported cellphone-related disciplinary infractions for state staff, with 46, the database shows. TDCJ oversees 113 adult prison and state jail facilities.
Authorities haven’t said how they think Puckett obtained the phone he used to plan his breakout and meet up with a female admirer in Omaha, where he was recaptured. But the prison system’s inspector general, John Moriarty, said prison personnel are a factor in phones coming into the Texas prisons.
“One bad employee can bring in a lot of phones,” Moriarty said.
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