CBS 11's Ginger Allen broke the story last July: Gracie Robinson, a premature infant born in a Dawson State Jail toilet after guards allegedly refused medical treatment while her mother was in labor, died at four days old. It was one of a string of deaths tied to inadequate medical care at Dawson. ... More >>
For years, talk has been swirling of closing Dawson State Jail. The city of Dallas pushed for it five years ago, wanting to develop the property at the foot of the levee at Commerce Street into something more in keeping with its vision for river corridor. State Senator John Whitmire, D-Houston, exp ... More >>
So, you're an undocumented immigrant. Your great hope is to stick around, make a living and, some day, become naturalized. Unfortunately, our immigration laws are a tangled morass of inscrutability, insensible to the realities of a globalized world. You may have watched last week's Republican deba ... More >>
Pamela Weatherby, who died last JulyPamela Weatherby, a 45-year-old Big Spring woman -- and, according to a federal suit filed Monday in Dallas, an "unstable insulin dependent diabetic" -- was serving a one-year sentence for drug possession at Dawson State Jail when she died last July. Now her pa ... More >>
This morning, a reader wondered: Has the state decided if it's going to renew its contract with Corrections Corporation of America regarding operations of the Jesse R. Dawson State Jail on the Trinity River? When last we looked at the issue, the contract was set to expire January 15, only ... More >>
A couple of weeks back, Nicole Porter at Texas Prison Bid'ness took note of the state's impending budget shortfall and concluded that, more than likely, it'll result in the closing of some private prisons and jails. Sure, but which ones? Well, writes our old pal Scott Henson today over at Grits f ... More >>
Old-time religion confronts 21st-century Texas prisons: Does it work, and is it constitutional?
After years of financial neglect, the state is hoping a shot of privatization will cure Dallas County's addicted and mentally ill population