Inmate escapes

Inmate escapes

There are 10 comments on the Times Record News story from Aug 17, 2007, titled Inmate escapes. In it, Times Record News reports that:

“We have not had this situation before”

James V. Allred Unit Senior Warden Eddie Williams, right, talks with Assistant Warden Tommy Norwood, center, at the scene where prison escapee Edward Brooks was apprehended in Burkburnett. via Times Record News

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JANE DOE

United States

#1 Aug 29, 2007
First of all offender Brooks should not have had a trustie position. Before the prison was built the state had a contract with the city that before giving a trustee position to an offender,the offender must have two years or less of time to serve. Wardon Norwood also failed to mentioned that just a few days before offender Brooks escaped, he had another parole hearing where he was denied and with a five year set off. Wardon Williams also let offender Brooks carry in his freeworld cloths to be launderd from 13 bldg. to 1 bldg.unsupervised. How can you be sure it wasn't Wardon Williams cloth they found him in?
JANE DOE

United States

#2 Aug 29, 2007
OFFENDER BROOKS ALSO HAD TWO PREVIOUS ATTEMPT ESCAPES ON HIS RECORD. WARDEN WILLIAMS HAD TO PULL SOME STRINGS TO GET HIM THAT POSITION. SINCE WARDEN WILLIAMS, WARDEN NORWOOD, AND WARDEN MOORE RECEIVED THEIR WARDEN POSITIONS, LESS THAN A YEAR, ALLRED PRISON HAS HAD TWO ESCAPES AND ONE ATTEMPTED ESCAPE.

Since: Mar 07

AOL

#3 Sep 1, 2007
i think we need to seriously look at our prison system
GP ONE TWO

United States

#4 Sep 25, 2007
Ok, Jane Doe, what info do you know that the rest of us dont know? There was never any reports of Brooks having previous escape attempts on him, working out there, I would know. And Brooks never carried in anyone's clothing. There are some rumors about the clothes he was found in, but I will not repeat since they are rumors. The TDCJ fact finding committee found NO FAULTS in that escape, no punishments were handed down and noone was fired. The security at the unit has been the same as it was before the escape, minus a change involving no unsupervised SSI (Janitor) at 13 bldg anymore and NOW noone with more than 18 months is allowed to work ouside the fence. Brooks parole hearing was back in Nov. 2006 and he was given a 5 year set off then, NOT days before.
SISTERINLAW

United States

#5 Oct 25, 2007
I HAVE A BROTHER IN-LAW IN THAT PRISON, I TOLD MY HUSBAND WE NEEDED TO FIND HIM. HE HAS BEEN ALL OVER TEXAS IN AND OUT OF ALL OF THEM AT ONE POINT IN HIS LIFE OR ANOTHER. SO I DID AN INMATE SEARCH FOR HIM AND FOUND HIM LAST WEEK IN ALLRED. I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT HIS CRIMES THAT PUT HIM THERE OTHER THAN SECOND HAND IFORMATION. HIS NAME IS STEVEN LEROY HELTON. I CAN'T GET ANY INFO ABOUT HIM FROM THE PEOPLE AT ALLRED TO TELL ME HIS CONDITION. I HEARD FROM A FAMILY MEMBER HE IS IN A WHEELCHAIR AND NOT LONG FOR HIS LIFE. I DO KNOW THIS MUCH SHORTLY AFTER 9/11 HE THOUGHT HE WOULD THREATEN OUR PRESIDENT AND DO FEDERAL TIME IN BEAUMONTE AND FOR SOME REASOON HE THOUGHT IT WOULD PROCEED HIS STATE TIME AND HE WOULD BE IN "DISNEYLAND" BUT BOY DID THAT BACKFIRE. I ALSO KNOW THAT HE HAD GOTTEN TWO CELL PHONES INTO HIS POSSESTION WHILE HE WAS THERE AND GOD ONLY KNOWS BUT HE FOUND HIS BROTHERS #(CELL PHONE) AND GAVE US A RING. ALSO ON SEVERAL OCCATIONS HE USED THE WARDENS PHONE. HOW IS ALL OF THIS POSSIBLE??? WE WERE HUNTED DOWN AND TRACKED BY THE FED'S EVERY WHERE WE WENT. BECAUSE OF THE THREAT HE HAD MADE. WE ARE OTR DRIVERS AND HAVE BEEN FOR 27 YEARS. I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW TO FIND OUT IF AT LEAST HIS BROTHER IS STILL ALIVE AND WHAT KIND OF CONDITION HE IS IN.CAN ANYONE HELP ME??
GP ONE TWO

United States

#6 Dec 6, 2007
Well, He is at Allred and that is all I know about him. I do not have any personal experience with this offender. Using the Warden's phone sounds abit of a lie since noone, including the warden (save internal affairs) can carry personal cell phones and the unit only has 2 cell phones assigned to it and they are there for transport purposes only. If you want any information on where he is housed and such, call the unit and ask for inmate records, then ask them if you are on his visitation list, then ask if your visit would be a contact or non-contact. Non-contact would suggest he is a medium custody inmate, seg, or high security inmate. I know for a fact there is no offenders on the unit with a wheelchair, we have a medical section, but none are in wheelchairs, that would be more of a hospital type prison, not a max security unit
zzzzz

Copperas Cove, TX

#7 Jul 19, 2008
I helped open allred in 95 and Warden Les Woods ran a tight farm.I can tell you with safe prisons act things have changed in TDCJ except 1 thing..The offenders are still telling lies.Its good you wanna reach your family member but be cautious about what he tells you.You wopn't be the first drug into a mess..that never happened
Peanut

United States

#8 Jan 18, 2010
GP ONE TWO wrote:
Well, He is at Allred and that is all I know about him. I do not have any personal experience with this offender. Using the Warden's phone sounds abit of a lie since noone, including the warden (save internal affairs) can carry personal cell phones and the unit only has 2 cell phones assigned to it and they are there for transport purposes only. If you want any information on where he is housed and such, call the unit and ask for inmate records, then ask them if you are on his visitation list, then ask if your visit would be a contact or non-contact. Non-contact would suggest he is a medium custody inmate, seg, or high security inmate. I know for a fact there is no offenders on the unit with a wheelchair, we have a medical section, but none are in wheelchairs, that would be more of a hospital type prison, not a max security unit
Prison guards sell cell phones to inmates. My husband has bought one. The warden knows what is going on. Prison officials are the worst offenders in the justice system.
Get Off My Lawn

Little Ferry, NJ

#9 May 10, 2010
I don't blame him for escaping he was probably tired of taking it up the ass!!
JOHNSON COUNTY MAN

Burleson, TX

#10 Jun 11, 2013
I HAVE HAD THE HONORS TO SERVE UNDER WARDEN WILLIAM AS A OFFICER AND SUPERVISOR, AND FOR WHAT I HAVE SEEN WARDN WILLIAM DOESN'T PLAY AROUND AND HAS MADE ALOT OF CHANGES FOR THE GOOD. ANY MAN CAN MAKE MISTAKES BUT IT DOE'T MATTER WHO IS IN CHARGE IF A INMATE HAS THEIR HEAD SET ON ESCAPE THEY ARE GONNA EVENTUALLY FIND A WAY TO GET OUR. ALL THEY HAVE IS TIME ON THEIR HANDS TO THINK SO UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN AROUND INMATES AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE INMATES THEY WILL CTCH YOU WTH YOUR GAURD DOWN AND GO FOR IT

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