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Prison Lockdown Changes Policies

And with all these rules and regulation being instituted on prison employees, some say the T.D.C.J is going too far.

We talked with a prison employee who is putting their job on the line in hopes of making things better for fellow employees during the lockdown.  They feel workers rights are being violated the longer the lockdown persists.  They say within 24-hours of Texas Governor Rick Perry's lockdown the Panhandle prison system has changed.

Every prison employee must go through an extensive search of their property and their body.   They say this searching is making employees at least an hour late for work.  Some employees say if they even receive a lunch break the dinning hall is closed because it is run by inmates and the commissary has limited options if you have medical dietary needs.  These new policy changes are leaving many employees frustrated an ready to take action.

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3916 they'll probably be some that'll quit or even they calling in sick and make a real unsafe place for not just the public and us who work on the inside 3928

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t-d-c-j representative jason clark says the changes are necessary to keep employees and the public safe. But employees feel they are paying the price for a mistake that occurred hundreds of miles away.

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4232 whenever one messes up it affects everybody they don't deal with one... Even at our facility we found a little bit of contraband today 4244

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there are more than 15-thousand inmates in the texas prison system and hundreds of prison employees who are being called in to work overtime during the statewide contraband search.

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