04/29/2013

500 prison cells at Va. jail malfunction

A glitch caused every door to simultaneously open; no inmates attempted to escape

The Virginian-Pilot

CLARKSBURG, Va. — Officials in Montgomery County declared a security emergency after locks on about 500 cell doors at the main jail near Clarksburg simultaneously opened.

Arthur Wallenstein, director of the county's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, told The Washington Post that no inmates tried to escape when their cells were unlocked Saturday morning. The locks were reset within an hour.

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