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  • News

    December 30, 2010

    Prison Pays: How It Started

    Texas first contracted with private prisons to honor the Constitution, not to save money.

  • News

    December 30, 2010

    Prison Pays

    Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: A Hatchet Man And A Cold Case

    courtesy of HPDMelchor Izquierdo‚ÄčThere is a hatchet-man killer hiding in Houston. The cops know who he is, but not where to find him.Police are hunting for Melchor Izquierdo, 29, charged with murder in the slaying of Estevan Tellez back on September 14. Tellez, 42, who worked at a foundation busin ... More >>

  • News

    September 21, 2006

    Penal Violations

    Texas prisons say they canít allow condoms because they donít allow sex. So they donít need condoms. They just need $12 million a year to treat all the HIV-positive prisoners.

  • News

    December 4, 1997

    Bad Deal

    John Ballis was a crook. But he expected the federal government to keep its end of a bargain.

  • News

    January 9, 1997


    The medical examiner's controversial DNA expert is fired... for doing her job