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Shakedown yields cell phones in Texas prisons

A shakedown of the 155,000 inmates in Texas prisons yielded 13 cell phones and 12 chargers.

Authorities today charged a second relative of a death row inmate -- accusing her of being involved in the prisoner's possession of a cell phone.

A phone and a charger were found in the ceiling of a shower area of death row at the Polunsky Unit outside Livingston.

The 111 prisons in the nation's second-largest corrections system have been locked down since Monday.

The order came from Gov. Rick Perry following the disclosure that death row inmate Richard Tabler made threatening calls to state Sen. John Whitmire of Houston.

Tabler's mother was arrested in Austin and jailed on suspicion of paying for phone minutes.

Tabler's sister, Kristina Martinez, surrendered in Temple. Martinez and Lorraine Tabler are charged with providing a prohibited item to a corrections facility.

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