City Desk

D.C. Jail on Lockdown; Secret Terror Document No Longer Googleable

The D.C. Jail is on lockdown. A Sept. 24 release announces that the Department of Corrections (DOC) has instituted a "non-emergency security procedure" at the D.C. Jail until October 6. Inmate movement is restricted. A sign on the visitor's door says the lockdown started on Sept. 22 and that no visitors are allowed.

DOC spokesman Anthony Diallo says there was no incident or emergency at the jail. He says the two-week lockdown has been planned for months and is in effect so guards can perform random checks for contraband items, cigarettes and stuff like that.

Legal visits are still allowed. A law student at the jail today said inmates reported that the lockdown is not routine–something happened inside the facility–but the student said client confidentiality disallowed providing further info on what happened.

Ann Keep, director of the nonprofit Visitors' Service Center, says lockdowns do happen from time to time, sometimes precipitated by violence in the facility, but as far as Keep has heard this one is routine.

On a completely unrelated note, the City Paper on Sept. 22 reported on the DOC's efforts to suppress an emergency planning document sought via the D.C. Freedom of Information Act. The department said releasing the document would "encourage an act of terrorism" at the jail. Turned out the thing was readily available from the department's own website all along.

Sometime over the weekend the plan finally disappeared from Google's easily accessible cache of PDF documents. Of course, you can still get the document from the Washington City Paper's website.

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