Update: Van Zandt Co.inmates returns to jail after flawed securi - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Update: Van Zandt Co.inmates returns to jail after flawed security locks replaced

Posted: Updated:
  • CBS19.tv Web ExclusivesMore>>

  • Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    Web Exclusive: Ultra HD TVs

    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
    (CNN) -Some people just have to have the latest in television technology. The newest TVs on the market- ultra-high definition TVs- or UHD TVs. They have higher screen resolution than current high def screens, and are also known as "4-K" sets. "More >>
  • Web Exclusive: A product to help keep sharks away on sale

    Web Exclusive: A product to help keep sharks away on sale

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:40 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:40:46 GMT
    If you're headed on a beach vacation, there's a product you may be interested in to help keep sharks away.  The device is called a Shark Shield.  It is now being sold in Florida.More >>
    If you're headed on a beach vacation, there's a product you may be interested in to help keep sharks away.  The device is called a Shark Shield.  It is now being sold in Florida.More >>
  • Web Exclusive: Back to School costs really add up

    Web Exclusive: Back to School costs really add up

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:14 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:14:59 GMT
    Before you know it, fall will be here and it will be time to go back to school.  For parents that means stocking up on notebooks, number two pencils, and back to school clothes, all of which usually take a big chunk out of a family's budget.  So, just how much do parents will pay to send their kids off to school this year?More >>
    Before you know it, fall will be here and it will be time to go back to school.  For parents that means stocking up on notebooks, number two pencils, and back to school clothes, all of which usually take a big chunk out of a family's budget.  So, just how much do parents will pay to send their kids off to school this year?More >>

UPDATE: VAN ZANDT CO. (KYTX) - The Van Zandt County jail inmate population is being transferred back to the jail after spending more than 10 days in neighboring counties after the discovery of flawed security locks.

The entire 200 jail inmate population is expected to return to the jail by the end of the day Friday, according to Van Zandt County Sheriff officials.

The locks have been replaced, and approved by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards.

Detention staff discovered inmates found a flaw in the high security locking systems within the facility increasing the risk of escape.


On Monday June 30, 2014, detention staff immediately contacted private contractors responsible for the design and installation of the locks.

Following an inspection of the facility, it was determined that although the locks were functioning as designed, an engineering flaw existed with the mechanisms enabling a simple process to defeat the security of the lock.

This issue effected confinement cells in high security sections of the facility as well as ingress and egress access to the building.

State and County Officials were immediately notified of the situation and the Sheriff’s Emergency Action Plan was put in action.

Because the separate, newer constructed Minimum Security Confinement Facility was not equipped with the same locking systems; of the currently incarcerated 161 inmates; 90 were required to be transported to the Henderson County Jail and 35 to the Kaufman County Jail and the remaining female inmates were transported to the Upshur County Jail for the safety and the security of the inmates and the jail staff.

Sheriff Michael Lindsey Ray stated, “Because of the vigilance of the Van Zandt County Detention Staff, a very serious situation was discovered and dealt with expeditiously and appropriately.

Because there are many very dangerous inmates currently confined in our county jail; the alertness of jail staff most certainly prevented a very dangerous situation from becoming a potentially deadly situation.”

The company responsible for the locking systems is preparing replacement parts for shipping and it is expected to take ten days to two weeks for contractors to replace the internal components of the defective locks.

The Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office presently spends approximately $20.00 per day to house each inmate in the 196 bed institution which was constructed in 1992.

The cost to outsource an inmate, out of county, is $30.00 per day. Sheriff Ray stated, “Obviously we want to get this problem corrected as quickly as possible because of the high cost of outsourcing such a large portion of the inmate population. However; my number one priority is the safety and security of our community.

We will begin returning the inmates to the jail as soon as we determine that the risk of escape has been mitigated.” Sheriff Ray continued, “I am truly grateful to Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt, Kaufman County Sheriff David Byrnes and Upshur County Sheriff Anthony Betterton for assisting my office on such short notice in proactively dealing with this very serious issue.

It is so good to have Sheriffs in our neighboring and nearby counties who are such good neighbors to our community in time of such urgent need."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Audit: VA manipulated vets' appointment records

    Audit: VA manipulated vets' appointment records

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:03:12 GMT
    (USA TODAY) - Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases, intimidation of staff, to hide delays in medical care to veterans in in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA TODAY.More >>
    (USA TODAY) - Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases, intimidation of staff, to hide delays in medical care to veterans in in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA TODAY.More >>
  • Seven people lose home, belongings in Longview apartment fire

    Seven people lose home, belongings in Longview apartment fire

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:06 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:06:58 GMT
    "It was an unattended cooking fire," Zackary says.

    No one was injured.
    More >>
    "It was an unattended cooking fire," Zackary says.

    No one was injured.
    More >>
  • UPDATE: Quitman man says he was evicted after calling 911

    UPDATE: Quitman man says he was evicted after calling 911

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:50:05 GMT
    QUITMAN (KYTX)-Residents at the Dogwood Villa Apartments say the past few days have been very hard on them. But for the people living in apartment 9, it's only going to get harder. More >>
    ????QUITMAN (KYTX)-Residents at the Dogwood Villa Apartments say the past few days have been very hard on them. But for the people living in apartment 9, it's only going to get harder. More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KYTX. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.