We guess the definition of "captive audience" is pretty much epitomized by prison inmates. In Beeville, guards at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's McConnell Unit took advantage of the potential customer base and ran one hell of a drug ring, with the aid of inmates. They also smuggled in p ... More >>
High school kids with a car that can bomb away at 180 or so mph? Sounds like a recipe for disaster. Instead it's a learning experience that's turning out to be a fun ride with no end in sight. This weekend, the 10th annual Texas Mile competition will play host to an extremely competitive field of ... More >>
Anyone who has watched TV knows that prisons are seriously screwed up places. They call them "correctional facilities," but very few believe much is being corrected inside the walls. And if you believe TV and movies, prison guards are often corrupt bullies who just want to kick prisoners asses and t ... More >>
Back in the Near Dark Ages when LOM was in grad-school journalism, one of the things that stuck with me was a lecture on "the lunatic fringe." These are the people who call in to radio talk shows or send long, vitriolic letters to newspapers, magazines and blogs. Negative reviews always bring out th ... More >>
More than 90 percent of Texas parolees walk away without paying off what the state ordered them to.
Our local justice system would prefer to leave them there
Woman found dead 17 years ago in Manvel remains unidentified
Crusading convicts turned the docile Echo newspaper into a voice for prison reform. Fellow inmates cheered, but alarmed TDCJ officials preferred silence.
A judge has serious hang-ups over state prisons listening in on inmate-attorney calls
For 13 hours, guard Jeanette Bledsoe wondered if she would see one more murder inside prison walls -- her own. Now she wants to make sure TDCJ protects those who protect us from society's rejects.
'The I-69 "NAFTA Highway" is supposed to create thousands of jobs. Thanks to your tax dollars, it's already provided a very good one for the underemployed brother of Tom DeLay.
The GOP tried to peddle a story about Ann Richards' own "Willie Horton," but the state's press corps wasn't buying