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Cell phone linked to prison escape

Cell phone linked to prison escape
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 2:13am

HOUSTON (AP) - Texas' corrections chief says he wants to see if cell phone jamming equipment can be effective in preventing another inmate from escaping prison. Executive Director Brad Livingston of the Texas Department of criminal Justice said Tuesday that he's asking his agency toarrange a demonstration at the Stiles Unit in Beaumont of technology designed to block or manage cell phones.

Such a test would be a first for the Texas prison system. Livingston says investigators have determined 27-year-old convict David Puckett had a cell phone to aid him when he escaped from the Stiles Unit last week. Puckett was captured Monday in Omaha, Neb., five days after he climbed a fence and fled.

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