The board governing the Texas prison system is told that 97 of the 100 units that were part of the first statewide lockdown in 15 years has resumed normal operations. Lockdowns at the last three are expected to end today (Monday).
The director of the correctional institutions division says the Labor Day weekend lockdown was the result of five inmates being murdered in a seven day period. Bobby Lumpkin says during the first four weeks of inspections, 473 weapons were seized, along with 396 cell phones and more than 400 sheets of K-2.
Inspections also discovered how inmates hide contraband. That included rigging the food slots of three inmate cell doors at the Bill Clements unit in Amarillo.
More than 13 hundred inmates tested positive for drugs and another 764 refused drug tests, which Lumpkin says results in consequences.