Van Zandt County Jail, Canton, Texas
July 2, 2014

Dozens of prisoners were transferred from the Van Zandt County Jail after they learned to pick the locks of their cells. They were moving freely throughout the cell block and protecting their identity with sheets.

“The inmates were able to gain access out of their secured cells, out into the hallway and then out of the hallway… really out into the parking lot,” explained Chief George Flowers.


Inmate costs county thousands of dollars after teaching others how to compromise locks“, KLTV, July 2, 2014.

Dozens of inmates moved from Van Zandt County jail“, Longview News-Journal, July 2, 2014.

New locks could be installed at Van Zandt Co. jail by week’s end“, Tyler Morning Telegraph, July 8, 2014.