According to two reviews of the incident that were made public on Thursday, a number of security flaws including insufficient strip searches,
improperly used restraints, a lack of staff, and an atmosphere where correctional officers became complacent contributed to the Texas inmate’s escape in May, which resulted in the deaths of five people.
Gonzalo Lopez, 46, managed to cut through a caged part of the prison bus on May 12 during an escape in which he was able to liberate himself from his restraints.
Three weeks passed with him unhindered. On June 2, authorities shot and killed Lopez, but not before he had slain Mark Collins, 66, and his four grandsons: Waylon Collins,