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Ellis Unit

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Willie Koehler: Child Rapist Suing From Prison Over Repo'd Pickup

    Willie Koehler demands his rights​In 2006, Willie Koehler of Texas City borrowed $19,000 to buy a 2007 Ford F-150. He agreed to have Amoco Federal Credit Union automatically debit $355 from his account every month, and Koehler always made sure he was flush enough to cover the payments. But t ... More >>

  • News

    September 13, 2007

    Cold Case

    Woman found dead 17 years ago in Manvel remains unidentified

  • 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

    January 29, 2004

    Visitors' Guide

    Get Bowled over by the best of the real Bayou City

  • News

    October 23, 2003

    Lite Sentences

    TDCJ cuts the calories for convicts, leaving them and guards grumbling

  • News

    January 9, 2003

    A Guarded Past

    Texas's impressive new prison museum engages in a little escapism of its own

  • Music

    April 4, 2002

    Border Town Blues

    St. Jubilee's Bryan Contreras overcomes a harrowing background to explore the duality of the Tex-Mex thing

  • News

    August 23, 2001

    Prose and Cons

    Crusading convicts turned the docile Echo newspaper into a voice for prison reform. Fellow inmates cheered, but alarmed TDCJ officials preferred silence.

  • News

    March 8, 2001

    Knowing Right from Wrong

    Did Johnny Penry's abusive childhood prevent him from developing a moral compass that might have stopped him from murdering Pam Carpenter? Or is he just another cold, calculating killer?

  • News

    October 12, 2000

    Job Insecurity

    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.

  • News

    March 23, 2000

    Gulag Gardens

    At Hobby Airport, the rallying cry is "Free the ferns"

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Killing Time

    The case against him died from lack of evidence. But Texas still plans to execute Odell Barnes.

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    Media Row on Death Row

    Will proposed media rules stifle coverage of convicts facing execution?

  • News

    August 7, 1997

    What Really Happened To Rodeny Hulin?

    Since his death, teenage inmate Rodney Hulin has become a national symbol of why it's wrong to send juveniles to adult prisons. His true story, though, paints a different kind of troubling picture.

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