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 >>
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.
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 >>
And why do they always yell "Cu-le-ro" at bands they love?
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 >>
â€‹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 >>
Two murders and two life sentences won't alter one convict's allegiance to the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
Jim Willett oversaw 89 executions. Now, amidst dozens of DNA exonerations, he wonders whether it was right.
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 >>
The County can't get away from the latest bad news on its troubled jail
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. Thatâ€™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 >>
Old-time religion confronts 21st-century Texas prisons: Does it work, and is it constitutional?
U.S. Justice Department investigators find horrid conditions at Dallas County's jail
Legal bills mount as the county defends its failed jail health systems
Love lives 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 >>
A judge has to intervene on behalf of an inmate to save his infected leg
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez was a revolutionary candidate--as a leader, not so much
After Innocence probes life after a wrongful conviction
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 >>
Got a missing relative? Maybe you should look in the jail--and good luck with that.
A woman's story of life behind bars might be of interest to federal investigators
Being sick in Dallas County's troubled jail can be a death sentence
What a disturbing new lawsuit says about the county jail
Texas prisons start barring book authors from inmate interviews
Food cuts have inmates and guards grumbling
The "asylums" depicted in The Magdalene Sisters are insane
Inmates on Texas' Death Row leave behind immeasurable pain and countless victims--including their own families
How do we deal with the staggering number of prisoners re-entering society? Ned Rollo thinks he knows. He should. He's been there.
Critics of a private prison firm that ran two juvenile boot camps in Dallas wonder where the love is at these "tough love academies"
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?
Ron Cohen counsels new inmates on surviving life behind bars. He should know. He's been there.
God and Texas taxpayers answer the prayers of a prison-based ministry
The InnerChange Freedom Initiative says it can rehabilitate Texas prison inmates through God--a conservative evangelical Christian God, to be more precise
Looking for love in the wrong places? Try Meet-An-Inmate.com.
Horace Caraker got what he wanted: jail time
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.
Prison art: It ain't just about Gloria Estefan and Jesus anymore -- well, not completely
Dallas County rakes in millions from pricey pay phones at the jail
Texas prisons take a byte out of crime with a computer rehab program
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.
A prison arts program searches for a dance partner
Railroaded onto death row, Kerry Max Cook endures rapes, beatings, and suicide attempts while waiting for justice
Will proposed media rules stifle coverage of convicts facing execution?
Mentally ill Texans used to go to hospitals. Now, increasing numbers of them go to prison instead.
Horace Caraker doesn't belong in federal prison. But he likes it there, and he'll threaten a president if it means going back.
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.
Reports of Steven Russell's death were greatly exaggerated, but they were enough to spring him from a Texas prison
Laws to speed executions will make it harder to save Death Row's innocent