Lesley Pehrigo's career as a sex offender seems odd and details are sketchy. But if online records are correct, she went to prison for indecency with a child -- a four-year-old child. The incident, of which there aren't many details handy, happened in 1999. She did her time and got out. On Friday ... More >>
Comedian Damon Wayans once said, "I have a friend in jail for something he didn't do. He didn't run fast enough." But, the reality is so many criminals get busted not for an inability to escape, but because they do really stupid things. Take the case of Jason Hales, a convicted sex offender living ... More >>
The paroled murderer of the owner of a famous, long-lived Texas Gulf Coast beer joint is dead, apparently at his own hand after killing his girlfriend in their Victoria apartment. 51-year-old Bennie Ray Dupnik Jr. and 44-year-old Sandra Rivera were discovered by Rivera's sons. Rivera had been stab ... More >>
Jailed offenders with terminal illnesses have a price tag, and the 10 costliest inmates in the state's prison's system totaled almost $2 million in health care costs in 2011. That's a figure quoted by Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, who tracks such topics as chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Comm ... More >>
Photo by HPDLinda Dorsey, arrested againLinda Darnice Dorsey, a 55-year-old woman who had been paroled for an earlier murder, shot her 64-year-old boyfriend and then stayed with the body for nine hours before calling police, police say. Harold Lewis Bacon had come to Dorsey's apartment in no ... More >>
That's Shakespeare, homes. Though, as it turns out, not really applicable to last night's episode at all. In passing along one of the Machine's numbers last week, Mr. Finch effectively showed Detective Carter his hand. And by thwarting Watson in his attempted murder, Carter did a good job playing i ... More >>
Is the Texas justice system simply a crapshoot? Is there still an enormous double standard when it comes to sex crimes? Or has Jerry Sandusky cast a huge shadow over future sentences for all those convicted of sex crimes against children? A while back we introduced you to the tale of Clifton Grash ... More >>
Jon Buice stays in prison.Jon Buice, who had been awarded a controversial parole after serving time for his role in the gay-bashing death of Paul Broussard, will not be a free man after all. The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles today reversed its earlier decision granting Buice parole in l ... More >>
Illustration by Keri RosebraughA look into private prisonsWhen Arthur William Brown left his Houston halfway house December 15, he did the usual: he signed the check-out form that residents of the facility have to sign whenever they leave the premises for the day. Only on that day, Brown ... More >>
Paul Broussard's killer, up for parole, may not be model prisoner.
Rocks Off wonders what hip-hop would look like if rappers were true to who they really are, or should we say... who they were. Perhaps it would look like the video "Swagger Wagon," by The Sienna Family, the latest Internet phenomenon that has amassed 2.4 million hits in less than a month. Those G's ... More >>
Photo from Montgomery County SOA lot of times when you read a report about a fugitive, that part about how "the subject should be considered armed and dangerous: do not attempt to apprehend" seems like a mere formality. That is decidedly not the case when it comes to 41-year-old Montgomery County ... More >>
Man, the Christmas season really blows for disbarred attorney Tom Zaratti.First, on Christmas Eve 2003, he was arrested for possession of child pornography, which ultimately led to a ten-year, $10,000 sentence. But while fortune smiled in the form of early parole, the anti-Christmas spirit came back ... More >>
More than 90 percent of Texas parolees walk away without paying off what the state ordered them to.
Martin Draughon returns to the clink after becoming a test case for alleged flaws in GPS monitoring devices
A parolee fights leukemia -- and the constraints of ankle monitors
How can homeless sex offenders comply with the registration laws?
Did Donnie Riley kill Tarron Dixon, or was he shooting at someone else in a different Houston neighborhood that night 13 years ago?
With JC in the TDCJ
Even as inmate James Mitchell was dying, Montgomery County told his relatives he'd be fine
Almost nobody -- not even the trial judge or the victim -- thinks John Michael Harvey molested a child. So why's he still serving 40 years in prison?
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Can a former inmate write about victims' issues?
Just who is a victim? After flexing its muscles to reform the justice system, the victims rights movement suffers growing pains over divisive issues.
A law leaves some sex offenders banned from their own attorneys' offices
Simpleton is Houston's best hope for the next big thing
Robert Conran jumped from the frying pan and into the fire. Then they turned up the heat.
Thousands of inmates rely annually on a capricious parole board for their freedom. Most, like George Dismukes, return to their cells without ever knowing why they were denied.
Reagan Hamilton goes into Texas jails and tells inmates they better stay in touch with their kids. Her sadly powerful message has sparked some successes. Too bad they don't include her own father.
Chuck Colson and his evangelical Christians team up with a local prison for a divine intervention program
In prison, getting involved can mean permanent isolation
A story about the new life and old ways of a notorious killer spurs indictments and national coverage
Not even prison officials can silence the irrepressible King of Con
Was Walter Waldhauser/ Michael Davis tipped about his latest arrest warrants?
And the stars of the show end up dead
A hearing officer finds that a convicted killer did not violate parole
A troubled woman and an ex-convict create a compelling Asian film
Walt Waldhauser who became Michael Lee Davis may be headed back to prison
Gary Robert Williams's violent career began spectacularly 29 years ago. This is the story of how one determined U.S. marshal brought it to an end.
The Texas parole board let him out to die; instead, he got involved in a killing.
Yet again, Steven Russell bluffed his way out of prison. And yet again, he got caught.
A paroled sex offender is sent back to jail -- for trying to please his therapist
Steven Russell can bluff his way out of anything -- even prison. so why can't he stay out of jail?
A legal technicality sent Donnie and DeAnne Fitts to a Houston court seeking to adopt Justin and Jacob Baker - again. Twelve jurors agreed that outcome would be the best for the children. Judge Bill Henderson didn't quite see it that way.
With his army of volunteer deputies, Victor Trevino is Harris County's most innovative and open lawman. But his sharp tongue hasn't endeared him to other politicians. And some wonder if all his power has gone to his head.
A law of good intent goes unused, and proponents say that's left victims further victimized
The GOP tried to peddle a story about Ann Richards' own "Willie Horton," but the state's press corps wasn't buying
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