• Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    The Private Texas Prisons Housing Undocumented Immigrants Are a Disaster

    Until 2011, Luis lived in Mexico, where he made a living building houses. Luis' wife and children, who are American citizens, lived in Los Angeles. Luis visited his wife and children as much as he could, until he was arrested for illegal reentry. For this crime, he served a three-year sentence at Bi ... More >>

  • News

    April 17, 2014

    Asylum Insanity

    Welcome to the land of the free. While we decide whether we feel like deporting you, we've got a cold dank cell that'll suit you just fine.

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Texas Eclipses California As State With Largest Prison Population

    Last month, Texas' prison population was right at 154,000, the lowest its been in five years. Lower crime rates, an aging population, and alternative treatments have all contributed to the decline. But as the Star-Telegram noted yesterday, the drop hasn't been enough to spare Texas the dubious dist ... More >>

  • News

    August 9, 2012

    Why Do Mexicans Rape So Much?

    And why do they always yell "Cu-le-ro" at bands they love?

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Too Many Dallas Teens are Getting Locked Up in Adult Jails, Study Says. And That Ain't Good.

    An exhaustive new study has found alarming conditions for Texas teenagers housed in adult jails while awaiting trial, a practice that Dallas and Harris counties use more than anywhere else in the state. In essence, the study found that there's really no good way to keep teens and adults safely in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    NatGeo's Dallas Reality Show Pitch: "Gripping, Gritty Long-View Into World of Incarceration"

    ​Just a couple of weeks back some Brits asked Dallas County for the okee-doke to film a 3D programme in the county jail for a couple of days, to which the commissioners courts said: Sure, fine. But the request going before Dallas County higher-ups today is much, much bigger -- as in, 120 days' wor ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2008

    Still an Aryan Blood Brother

    Two murders and two life sentences won't alter one convict's allegiance to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas

  • News

    November 8, 2007

    Former Warden Reconsiders Executions

    Jim Willett oversaw 89 executions. Now, amidst dozens of DNA exonerations, he wonders whether it was right.

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2007

    Feds Indict 14 Texas Syndicate Members For Murder -- and Much, Much More -- in North Texas

    Back in February, Texas Syndicate member Ernesto Medrano and some 20 of his fellow gang members were in a Dallas federal courtroom receiving multi-year prison sentences for importing hundreds of kilos of cocaine into the U.S. -- using military transport flights from Columbia to Ft. Bliss, Texas. But ... More >>

  • News

    September 27, 2007

    Dallas Can't Spin Latest Jail Lawsuit

    The County can't get away from the latest bad news on its troubled jail

  • News

    June 14, 2007
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2007

    Prisoner, Save Thy Self?

    There are nearly 7 million people now under the supervision of the correctional system in the United States -- and that includes prison, parole or probation. That’s one out of every 32 adult Americans, a rate of incarceration that is unprecedented in U.S. history. What, then, to do with our ever-g ... More >>

  • News

    April 26, 2007

    Jesus in the Jailhouse

    Old-time religion confronts 21st-century Texas prisons: Does it work, and is it constitutional?

  • News

    December 14, 2006

    Fed-up Feds

    U.S. Justice Department investigators find horrid conditions at Dallas County's jail

  • 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

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2006

    More Dead at the Jail

    If, as expected, the iron hand of the U.S. Justice Department forces the beleaguered Dallas County jail to revamp how it administers medical care to its most troubled inmates, it won't come a moment too soon. In just the last two weeks, three inmates have passed away while wards of the county, nearl ... More >>

  • News

    June 8, 2006

    Time Heals No Wounds

    A judge has to intervene on behalf of an inmate to save his infected leg

  • News

    May 4, 2006

    Sheriff Who?

    Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez was a revolutionary candidate--as a leader, not so much

  • Film

    March 23, 2006

    Suspended Sentence

    After Innocence probes life after a wrongful conviction

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2006

    Communication Breakdown

    In a rare piece of good news for the Dallas County Jail, InfoIntegration, the infamously incompetent computer firm that lost track of inmates like they were old pairs of tube socks, will not renew its contract when it expires in July. Tonya Brenneman, the founder of the firm, got the lucrative contr ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2006

    The Disappeared

    Got a missing relative? Maybe you should look in the jail--and good luck with that.

  • News

    December 15, 2005

    Justice Delayed

    A woman's story of life behind bars might be of interest to federal investigators

  • News

    September 15, 2005

    Cell Disease

    Being sick in Dallas County's troubled jail can be a death sentence

  • News

    July 28, 2005

    We Hate Your Guts

    What a disturbing new lawsuit says about the county jail

  • News

    January 8, 2004

    Writer's Block

    Texas prisons start barring book authors from inmate interviews

  • News

    October 23, 2003

    Bellies of the Beast

    Food cuts have inmates and guards grumbling

  • Film

    August 14, 2003

    Habitat for Inhumanity

    The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters are insane

  • News

    September 12, 2002

    Life Without Father

    Inmates on Texas' Death Row leave behind immeasurable pain and countless victims--including their own families

  • News

    August 1, 2002

    The Ex-Con Game

    How do we deal with the staggering number of prisoners re-entering society? Ned Rollo thinks he knows. He should. He's been there.

  • News

    September 27, 2001

    Unhappy Campers

    Critics of a private prison firm that ran two juvenile boot camps in Dallas wonder where the love is at these "tough love academies"

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Make 'em Pay

    Spurred by a horrifying wave of teen violence in the '90s, Texas today spends more money than ever to lock up young criminals. Are we getting our money's worth?

  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Big-House Guru

    Ron Cohen counsels new inmates on surviving life behind bars. He should know. He's been there.

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Pass the Plate

    God and Texas taxpayers answer the prayers of a prison-based ministry

  • 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

  • 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 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

    March 2, 2000

    Tapped out

    A prison arts program searches for a dance partner

  • 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 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

    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

    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

    March 9, 1995

    Lambs to the slaughter

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

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