Earlier this evening, according to the Dallas Morning News and multiple law enforcement officers, the Texas jail the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, located behind the Frank Crowley Courts Building, was on lockdown. By 9:40 p.m., though, the lockdown was lifted, reports officials.
It is still unclear what prompted the lockdown. At the time the lockdown was ordered, officers were alerted that the jail was not letting anyone in or out, not even officers transporting prisoners.
When Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez was contacted by telephone just minutes ago, she at first said that she was not aware of the lockdown.
According to Valdez, she added that the lockdown might be related to a prisoner escape that happened earlier this evening:
An inmate got out. I still don’t know how … But they got him back within, I think, it was like half an hour.”
Valdez speculated The possibility that the lockdown could be part of a routine check for all inmates that typically follows a prisoner escape entered Valdez’s mind as a reason for the lockdown.
“It’s going to take them a while to do a count,” she stated.
Valdez, saying that “I don’t usually answer these questions,” referred further questions to her department spokeswoman, Carmen Castro. However, Castro did not immediately respond to multiple messages.
I do understand that sometimes it’s an emergency and you’ve got to call, but this is not an emergency.”
Though the reasons for the original lockdown are still unverified, it is a strong likelihood that it was related to the earlier escape, as Valdez speculated.
As of now, the lockdown of the Texas jail, the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, has been lifted.
Written by: Douglas Cobb