Sixteen problems, the biggest of which was human error, allowed the escape to occur concluded a report from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).
Ten TDCJ officials formed a faultfinding team to investigate and affix blame for the escape of Kendall James, 21, and David Sanders, 40. The two prisoners were working in the jail's kitchen when, around 4:00 a.m., they walked through an unlocked door, climbed a fence, entered the maintenance department through another unlocked door, "borrowed" some hand tools, cut through two more fences, and departed the facility at 4:51 a.m.
The Bartless Police department, located just ten minutes away, was unpromptly notified of the escape at 9:40 a.m.
The TDCJ pays CCA about $950,000 per month to operate the 1,000man state jail. The state will withhold $84,027 from CCA to recover the, costs to capture James and Sanders, who were captured the day after their escape.
Source: Southland Prison News [a publication of the Prison Media Fund, PMB339, 955 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. Subscriptions: $15/year for prisoners, $25/year for nonprisoners.]
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