According to Texas Department of Criminal Justice public relations officer Jason Clark, the incident started when a trash truck left the property and officers found some white cloth on the ground.
TDCJ inmates wear white pants and shirts.
Clark said the officers “racked up the unit,” meaning they confined all inmates and began counting heads to see if anyone was missing.
Head counts are a routine part of security at Texas prison units and they are conducted numerous times during a 24-hour period.
Clark said the count cleared and officers were able to account for everyone on the unit. At that time, the facility was returned to its routine schedule.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.