Leah Karotkin

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  • 21 years ago | Longform

    It sounded like a healthy menu. Milk, wheat toast, bananas and warm oatmeal; milk, carrot sticks, green beans, rice and baked chicken; and milk and peanut butter sandwiches for an afternoon snack. "Children must get nutritious, healthful meals if ...

  • 22 years ago

    On Friday, March 18, when Harris County released its draft budget, a number of county justices of the peace saw evidence of something they'd suspected for weeks: a recent and unusual audit of justice courts had less to do with tracking county mone...

  • 22 years ago

    If last week's primary elections proved one thing, it's that having a reputation for being tough on crime and criminals is a plus, especially if you're running for a criminal court judgeship. Last Tuesday, seven working prosecutors on the staff of...

  • 22 years ago | Longform

    "If you fix a woman, then you fix the generations that follow her, or you have a much better shot at it," believes warden Susan Cranford, who supervises close to 2,000 inmates and 867 staff members at the Gatesville Unit. "So we have an opportunit...

  • 22 years ago | Longform

    Last month, I traveled with Houston-area state Senator John Whitmire on a site visit to the Gatesville Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The central Texas unit is the largest of the three penitentiaries clustered together in Coryel...

  • 22 years ago | Longform

    We waited, shivering in the cold, for what seemed an endless half-hour. We stood outside the double rows of ten-foot chain-link fence, topped by four-strand electrified barbed wire and endlessly looped concertina, slanted inward to make it more di...