Prohibited Phone Calls Prompt Prison Lockdown

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

Thousands of prohibited phone calls from a smuggled cell phone have resulted in a large-scale lockdown and search of Texas prisons.

Governor Rick Perry gave the order Monday after authorities discovered the calls were coming from Texas death row inmates.

An unidentified corrections officer is accused of taking a bribe to get the phone to inmate Richard Tabler. Authorities say Tabler not only shared the phone with fellow inmates, he also called and threatened a state senator.

Tabler's mother was arrested in Austin for buying minutes for the phone.

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