Statewide Prison Lockdown - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/21/08

Statewide Prison Lockdown

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All 108 Texas prisons were locked down and searched.  The announcement came Tuesday from Governor Rick Perry. He made the order after a death row inmate used a cell phone to call a Texas State Senator. 

Richard Tabler arrived on Texas' death row last year, convicted of murdering two people in Killeen in 2004. 

Authorities say last week he placed several threatening phone calls to State Senator John Whitmire, who is the chair of the Criminal Justice Committee.   Federal marshals and Texas prison authorities arrested the inmate's mother, 60-year-old Lorraine Tabler on Monday. 

The Governor says a prison guard accepted a bribe to deliver the cell phone from Mrs. Tabler to her son. "That is unacceptable; the highest level of unacceptable activity. And that is the reason we directed a lock down" Govenor Perry says.

Officials traced 2,800 calls from the smuggled cell phone in just the last 30 days.  The phone was being used by several inmates.

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