TDCJ has officially supplied a statement to the Backgate acknowledging the incident by stating; "We are aware of the situation and still gathering the facts. Unit staff did assist the officer in looking for the keys at the employee's residence with her consent. The keys were not located. The locks have since been re-keyed." - Jason Clark, TDCJ.
As we understand it, law enforcement has been made aware of the case and an investigation is pending at this point.
By Tonya Peters, Backgate Website
The Backgate received an email yesterday from a Hutchins state jail employee in Dallas. Apparently some unit based keys turned up missing 30 days prior and the unit Assistant Warden, along with his posse set out to the private residence of the employee to do a home shakedown. The employee consented after what she describes as intimidation by the Warden. A couple of well placed phone calls this afternoon verified that the incident actually occurred.
The group of staff members searched her home for the set of keys. They were not found and the employee denies possessing them. The Office of Inspector General's office, who would normally investigate claims of theft, or misconduct, was not familiar with any actions with this employee. It seems the administration took it upon themselves to go off the unit, to a private residence, and demand entry. Fearing retaliation on the job, she allowed the search. TDCJ has been asked to provide a statement based on these claims, we are still awaiting a response from the media office at this point. We will update this story as more information is available. Jeff Pringle is the Senior Warden at the Dallas facility that holds 2,276 offenders and employs 285 security employees.