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    Prisons search yields 13 more cell phones
    Original inmate who had smuggled device transferred to psychiatric unit
    By LISA SANDBERG Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau
    Oct. 22, 2008, 10:40PM

    AUSTIN — The death row inmate who ignited a growing scandal on prison contraband after he was caught talking on a smuggled cell phone was transferred Wednesday to a prison psychiatric unit after guards discovered a 3-foot strip of sheet tied to a fixture in his cell.

    Richard Tabler was restrained and taken in for evaluation after guards also noticed red marks on his neck. No serious injuries were noted. Tabler was later transferred to Jester IV in Richmond from the Livingston prison.

    "We don't know if he was going to make a noose. It's a precaution," prison spokesman Jason Clark said of Tabler, 29.

    Tabler's threatening calls from a smuggled cell phone to state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and a reporter prompted the governor this week to order a systemwide lockdown so guards could sweep all 112 prisons for contraband.

    The massive search through Texas prisons has turned up 13 more smuggled cell phones and 12 more cell phone chargers in the past 24 hours, including another phone and charger found on death row, Clark said.

    The cell phone and charger discovered on death row were found above the ceiling in the men's shower area. That brings the number of cell phones found since Monday on Texas' death row to four. Another 19 cell phones or cell phone parts have been discovered on death row since January.

    The prison system remains locked down, with inmates assigned to their cells as correctional officers sweep all prison units for contraband, a process that could take three weeks.

    So far, no employees have been arrested in connection with any of the smuggled cell phones found this week.

    But felony charges were filed Wednesday against Tabler's 36-year-old sister, Kristina Martinez, of Salado, in connection with carrying a prohibited item into a correctional facility.
    John Moriarty, the prison system's inspector general, said Martinez and her mother, Lorraine Tabler, are suspected of paying the minutes on the cell phone Tabler used and apparently lent his prison buddies to make nearly 2,800 calls over the past month.

    Lorraine Tabler is similarly charged. Neither woman could be reached for comment.
    On Tuesday, an angry Sen. Whitmire called on prison officials to take steps to combat the apparently ubiquitous presence of cell phones, including jamming cell phone frequencies and patting down guards.

    Top prison officials countered they weren't sure if such measures were entirely legal. Clark said Wednesday that prison officials were coordinating with federal authorities in an effort to find a way around an obscure Federal Communications Act rule from the 1930s that prohibits states from interfering with federal airways.

    Clark said that the FCC gives federal agencies the authority to use jammers but not states or local law enforcement.

    Clark said the prison is using patdown searches only in cases where there's suspicion of criminal activity. He added that the prison system was now prohibiting correctional staff from bringing food into units.

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    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
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    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6073577.html

    He is now upset that he has family coming to prison with him. Yet again another inmate didn't think of all the consequnces before manunpulating his famiy and crying over his spilled milk.

    I can tell you, as someone that used to work in TDCJ, these three weeks and going through all this is hard on the COs and employees also.

    I hope they find out which CO got it to them, and make their name as public as these inmates. That would be justice.

    Why do I say that, In texas- DR inmates, have NO PHYSICAL CONTACT with any visitors at all. They are separared by plexiglass and have "eyes" on them at all times. (or supose to) be it cameras or COS.
    ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
    Oscar Wilde

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    • #3
      Originally posted by texaschickeee View Post
      http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/6073577.html

      He is now upset that he has family coming to prison with him. Yet again another inmate didn't think of all the consequnces before manunpulating his famiy and crying over his spilled milk.

      I can tell you, as someone that used to work in TDCJ, these three weeks and going through all this is hard on the COs and employees also.

      I hope they find out which CO got it to them, and make their name as public as these inmates. That would be justice.

      Why do I say that, In texas- DR inmates, have NO PHYSICAL CONTACT with any visitors at all. They are separared by plexiglass and have "eyes" on them at all times. (or supose to) be it cameras or COS.
      So Kristina Martinez had to have given the cell phones to a guard since she had no physical contact with her brother on DR.

      Can you imagine the phone calles a DR inmate would make? It would something like, "HELLLLLLLLLLLLP!! Somebody save me!! They're going to kill me!!" LOL!

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      • #4
        007- Tabler all but admitted that when He was questioned. He stated he paid a CO off 2100 to complete it.

        http://www.khou.com/topstories/stori...136f7625b.html

        "Authorities said Tabler’s phone was purchased at a Wal-Mart with the ability to recharge its minutes remotely. A guard smuggled the phone inside after he was paid $2,100. Family members of the inmates would then purchase minutes for the phone."
        ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
        Oscar Wilde

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        • #5
          Originally posted by texaschickeee View Post
          007- Tabler all but admitted that when He was questioned. He stated he paid a CO off 2100 to complete it.

          http://www.khou.com/topstories/stori...136f7625b.html

          "Authorities said Tabler’s phone was purchased at a Wal-Mart with the ability to recharge its minutes remotely. A guard smuggled the phone inside after he was paid $2,100. Family members of the inmates would then purchase minutes for the phone."
          ONLY $2100??? He knew he'd be fired and also probably jailed for only 2 grand??

          But they haven't caught him yet, right? Does the cops "code of silence" apply here too?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Robocop007 View Post
            ONLY $2100??? He knew he'd be fired and also probably jailed for only 2 grand??

            But they haven't caught him yet, right? Does the cops "code of silence" apply here too?
            None of the news articles I've read indicated other officers were aware of the guard's identity or activities and had kept silent. (Usually you don't tell anyone else if you are taking bribes to smuggle contraband into a prison. That's how you get caught - the other guards turn you in).

            If you have information suggesting other guards knew and kept silent, please share it with us.
            Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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            • #7
              Originally posted by L-1 View Post
              None of the news articles I've read indicated other officers were aware of the guard's identity or activities and had kept silent. (Usually you don't tell anyone else if you are taking bribes to smuggle contraband into a prison. That's how you get caught - the other guards turn you in).

              If you have information suggesting other guards knew and kept silent, please share it with us.
              I have no idea. I was just wondering if maybe another guard knew would they automatically rat on the other guard?

              I've just heard stories on the news about this "code of silence" among cops. I don't know how true it is but you guys would know better. Is it true?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Robocop007 View Post

                I've just heard stories on the news about this "code of silence" among cops. I don't know how true it is but you guys would know better. Is it true?
                The "Code of silence" is as misunderstood as the "blue brotherhood" or whatever you wanna call it. Its just a stereotype that cops will always cover for their buddies when they do something wrong. Thats not true. While screw ups may be handled a little bit differently among officers (something the public doesnt understand), it does NOT mean that cops will cover their buddies when they break the rules. If they did something wrong, like this CO did, then they should be punished. Especially when it is very clear that the rule was just flat out broken, like accepting a fairly large bribe to smuggle a cell phone into a DR inmate.
                "...and the taking of a life is murder. And the punishment for murder is.... well it varies from state to state and by race, but...." - Homer J Simpson.

                Police: "Stop and we'll shoot!"
                Dilbert: "Stop AND we'll shoot? If you're gonna shoot, why should we stop?"
                Police: "Well, it would be alot easier for us. The targets at the shooting range don't run."

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Robocop007 View Post

                  I have no idea.

                  I was just wondering...

                  I've just heard stories...

                  I don't know how true it is...

                  Is it true?...
                  Why in the world would you come to a police forum and ask such a professionally insulting question when you admit you had no reasonable basis for believing it to be true in the first place?

                  You sir are a troll. Don't let the door hit you in the as* on the way out.
                  Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by L-1 View Post
                    Why in the world would you come to a police forum and ask such a professionally insulting question when you admit you had no reasonable basis for believing it to be true in the first place?

                    You sir are a troll. Don't let the door hit you in the as* on the way out.
                    No I'm not. I just made the wrong assumption that more than 1 guard would know who smuggled the phone. I apologize for that.

                    We still don't know how many knew about it since they haven't caught him. They are still doing their investigation.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Robocop007 View Post
                      ONLY $2100??? He knew he'd be fired and also probably jailed for only 2 grand??

                      But they haven't caught him yet, right? Does the cops "code of silence" apply here too?
                      nbot gonna toch the code thing,,,,thats been done.

                      as far as the amount- thats less then a gaurd brings home in a month. they don't care IF thy get caught, They care only WHENthey get caught. Then they have the appeals process if they so think they can beat it.

                      Remember that the gaurd to get that position has to have a GED. Nothing less. That means I can get the job, go 6 weeks of training, and then start where ever they put me. The only thing they do is run your name through the TDCJ records. They do not do a full back ground check. They do not do a finger print check (at least the didn;t when I worked there 02 through 03.)

                      You have to disclose if you have family there and where. If you dont and then you get busted your in hot water. (which means more probation and then....a transfer more then likely)


                      get the drift. Its very easy to manupulate someone with a "one big payoff" that is more then my paycheck ONCE A MONTH. plus I think they do me favors, but its just a target on my back.
                      ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
                      Oscar Wilde

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                      • #12
                        This guy had a gaurd convinced he was innocent. She had his baby. When they figured out WHO she got pregnant by, they gave her the option to resign and walk right then, or she would be fired. She resigned. (of course that cut any fight or unemployment)
                        this guy
                        ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
                        Oscar Wilde

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                        • #13
                          He was transferred to another prison (psych ward) after discovering a 3-foot strip of sheet tied to a fixture in his cell.


                          The strip of sheet is where he hangs his "dundeedums" to dry. If he made calls out to the Senator...he may have made others. Me thinks set up... Death row inmate...knows the prison policy, makes red mark on neck, psych eval ordered, transfer to another facility?
                          This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by deputy x 2 View Post
                            He was transferred to another prison (psych ward) after discovering a 3-foot strip of sheet tied to a fixture in his cell.


                            The strip of sheet is where he hangs his "dundeedums" to dry. If he made calls out to the Senator...he may have made others. Me thinks set up... Death row inmate...knows the prison policy, makes red mark on neck, psych eval ordered, transfer to another facility?
                            he can play crazy now. He was tried and convicted of the crime and mental health issues never came into play. He would ahve a long hard road to go down to get that card dealt now, and save his butt.


                            Plus he pizzed off the one person that could help him.,
                            ‘Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.’
                            Oscar Wilde

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by texaschickeee View Post
                              This guy had a gaurd convinced he was innocent. She had his baby. When they figured out WHO she got pregnant by, they gave her the option to resign and walk right then, or she would be fired. She resigned. (of course that cut any fight or unemployment)
                              this guy
                              You have a pic of the guard he got pregnant?

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