Criminal Sentencing and Punishment

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    Clay Jenkins and Inmate Groups Push Dallas County to Stop Profiting from Jail Phone Calls

    They successfully fought contract provisions that would have banned in-person visits at the Dallas County jail while the county made money from new video visits. Now exonerated inmates, prison rights advocates and County Judge Clay Jenkins aim to make the county among the first in the nation to stop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    New Judge Requires Convicted Booker T. Rapist to Register as a Sex Offender, Not Watch Porn

    State District Judge Jeanine Howard quickly backtracked on her sentencing of a convicted rapist to volunteer at a rape crisis center after we called her office last week to ask what would happen if no rape crisis center wanted to accept him. "She's going go back and modify those conditions and give ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2013

    Anonymous Frontman Barrett Brown's Mom Was Sentenced to Probation Today

    By most accounts, local Anonymous hacktivist Barrett Brown has a loving mother. In its detailed profile of Brown from a few years ago, D Magazine reported that Karen McCutchin had paid to get the carpet in his messy Uptown apartment shampooed before reporters visited. And before FBI agents raided ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    HIV-Positive Man Charged with Aggravated Assault for Spitting on Police Officers

    Anthony Duane Horne, 25, an HIV-positive man, was charged with aggravated assault for spitting on two Dallas police officers, The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Voice reported yesterday. According to police, when a Dallas County Hospital employee tried to put a spit mask on Horne, who was being book ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    When Local Government Officials Admit to Breaking the Law: The Latest from U.S. Attorney

    ​Moments ago, the U.S. Attorney's Office sent word in two back-to-back e-mails that two former government employees -- one, an agent in the Dallas FBI office; the other, a city of Garland risk management adjuster -- have copped to breaking the law. Let's begin with the FBI agent.Her name is Ann Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008
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    August 27, 2007
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    February 6, 2007
  • News

    December 7, 2006

    Paying the Piper

    Legal bills mount as the county defends its failed jail health systems

  • News

    October 12, 2006

    Raising Dallas

    Love lives at the jail

  • Film

    August 14, 2003

    Habitat for Inhumanity

    The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters are insane

  • News

    June 19, 2003

    Evil Eyes

    Coral Eugene Watts is a serial killer. He says he'll murder again. Why can't Texas stop him?

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Hello, My Name is Pervert

    Outcasts among us, sex offenders struggle to find treatment and lead normal lives in a justice system that gives them little of either

  • News

    November 30, 2000

    Prisoners of Love

    The InnerChange Freedom Initiative says it can rehabilitate Texas prison inmates through God--a conservative evangelical Christian God, to be more precise

  • News

    November 16, 2000

    Bad Girls

    Looking for love in the wrong places? Try

  • Music

    November 9, 2000

    Death Row Records

    Steve Earle doesn't really care about Napster as long as our country still kills people

  • News

    September 28, 2000

    Killer Smile

    Tommy Lynn Sells claims to have murdered dozens, and Texas Rangers fear he's telling the truth

  • News

    September 14, 2000

    Home Again

    Horace Caraker got what he wanted: jail time

  • News

    September 14, 2000

    Death Angel

    For 15 years, the Rev. Carroll Pickett granted the last wishes of men about to die in Texas' execution chamber. For the first time, he tells his story.

  • Calendar

    August 24, 2000

    Get On Your Knees

    Prison art: It ain't just about Gloria Estefan and Jesus anymore -- well, not completely

  • News

    July 27, 2000

    Talk isn't cheap

    Dallas County rakes in millions from pricey pay phones at the jail

  • News

    July 13, 2000

    Burden of proof

    Serial killer Faryion Wardrip would have gotten away with murder if bricklayer-turned-investigator John Little hadn't stolen his coffee cup

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    Software and hard time

    Texas prisons take a byte out of crime with a computer rehab program

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Killing machine

    It is 6:07 p.m. John Albert Burks salutes the Oakland Raiders and says goodbye to his friends. Minutes later, he is a dead man. This year's 21st execution.

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Bad business

    Death merchant Michael Lee Davis, sent once again to prison, is now worth more dead than alive

  • Film

    March 9, 2000

    Death becomes him

    Execution specialist goes Nazi-partying in Errol Morris' disturbing new documentary

  • News

    March 2, 2000

    Tapped out

    A prison arts program searches for a dance partner

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    Questions of innocence

    Odell Barnes is just one of many inmates with questionable convictions facing the death penalty

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    Presumed guilty

    Odell Barnes awaits execution on March 1 -- despite new evidence that he didn't commit the crime

  • News

    September 30, 1999

    Huntsville Houdini

    Federal prosecutors get tough with an escape artist

  • News

    July 22, 1999

    Innocence Lost

    Railroaded onto death row, Kerry Max Cook endures rapes, beatings, and suicide attempts while waiting for justice

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    Closing death's door

    Will proposed media rules stifle coverage of convicts facing execution?

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    Innocence lost

    Prosecutors lied and cheated to put Kerry Max Cook on death row for 16 years. He's out of prison now, but still not quite free.

  • News

    July 8, 1999

    Cruel and Unusual

    Mentally ill Texans used to go to hospitals. Now, increasing numbers of them go to prison instead.

  • News

    July 1, 1999

    Prison sweet prison

    Horace Caraker doesn't belong in federal prison. But he likes it there, and he'll threaten a president if it means going back.

  • News

    June 24, 1999

    On the lam

    A convicted killer flees arrest on insurance fraud charges

  • News

    January 21, 1999

    Walter Waldhauserwired

    A convicted killer gets placed on an electric leash

  • News

    December 24, 1998

    Merry Xmas, Mr. Davis

    A hearing officer finds that a convicted killer did not violate parole

  • News

    November 26, 1998
  • News

    November 19, 1998

    Cheating death

    A notorious murder-for-hire ex-con may have reached the end of his road in Dallas

  • News

    August 6, 1998

    Defending Darlie

    Wealthy Waco businessman Brian Pardo spends his time and money helping death-row inmates he believes are innocent. His efforts on behalf of Darlie Routier have raised suspicions about her husband--and about Pardo's motives.

  • News

    July 23, 1998
  • News

    July 9, 1998


    While Erica Sheppard sits on death row, penniless and convicted of a gruesome murder, her cadre of elite Dallas lawyers tries to prove that the justice system has gone fatally awry

  • News

    May 14, 1998

    Fly away, little jailbird

    Reports of Steven Russell's death were greatly exaggerated, but they were enough to spring him from a Texas prison

  • News

    July 4, 1996

    Playing Hardball

    The Feds pitch a shutout in the area's first 'three strikes' case

  • News

    June 27, 1996

    No man is an island

    A Dallas businessman's ties to a fictional nation carry no weight in federal court

  • News

    February 15, 1996

    Dead man waiting

    After a decade on death row, Andre Lewis grasps at straws Andre Lewis is a dead man waiting.

  • News

    March 9, 1995

    Lambs to the slaughter

    Laws to speed executions will make it harder to save Death Row's innocent

  • Film

    March 2, 1995

    An ass and a banjo

    If you haven't seen Just Cause, don't read this article

  • News

    January 26, 1995

    Death Row Granny

    Bettie Beets killed two husbands. Now she's likely to become the first woman the state of Texas has ever executed

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