The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) declared a statewide lockdown of all its correctional amenities on Wednesday morning, citing elevated contraband-related incidents and drug-related inmate homicides.
TDCJ stated most inmate-on-inmate homicides “are tied back to illegal drugs … and over the last five years, the volume of illegal narcotics entering the system has substantially increased.”
In response to the drug and homicide epidemic in Texas jails, TDCJ is implementing the next methods to revive order:
Systemwide Lockdown: Each facility will restrict the motion of inmates and their contact with these exterior the jail. Inmates and employees will bear intensified searches to intercept and confiscate contraband.
Digital Mail: TDCJ is finishing the rollout of the digital mail program. Over the previous few years, there was a big improve in paper soaked in K2 or methamphetamines coming into our amenities. The digital mail program will halt this contraband being despatched via conventional mail. Effective September 6, 2023, all inmate mail needs to be addressed and despatched to the Digital Mail Center. All mail acquired this week might be delivered to the digital mail processing middle. More details about this program could be discovered right here: TDCJ News – TDCJ Digital Mail Rollout.
Increased K9 Searches and Other Technology: To help in contraband detection and out of doors funding associated to contraband, TDCJ might be deploying further sources. Specialized search groups and narcotic canine might be deployed to items and employees might be topic to enhanced search procedures.
Comprehensive Searches: All individuals getting into our amenities in any respect areas will bear complete searches.
“Due to the fact staff will be concentrating on these search efforts, visitation will be canceled until further notice. Inmates will still have access to the phone system and tablets,” TDCJ stated.
#TDCJ is taking swift & rapid motion to handle an increase in harmful contraband & drug-related inmate homicides. The company is implementing an instantaneous lockdown & complete search of all correctional amenities inside TDCJ. For extra information, go to: https://t.co/E4ufaah3s2 pic.twitter.com/3YPwo1aRBH
— TDCJ (@TDCJ) September 6, 2023
Once the drug searches are over, regular operations will resume at correction amenities. No timeframe has been given.