Some McAllen residents are opposing plans for a 1,000 bed federal detention center that could potentially be run by private prison company GEO Group, which has a track record of abuse, mismanagement, and losing track of sex offenders in its Houston halfway house. According to The Monitor, "the deal ... More >>
It's one of America's worst-kept secrets. In a nation that purports to be the freest in the world -- save for when it comes to, say, gay marriage or drug usage -- the United States also boasts far and away the highest incarceration of not simply any developed nation, but of any country in the entire ... More >>
Before rapist and kidnapper John Enard clipped off his monitoring bracelet and strolled out of his Houston halfway house, he had it made it clear to state authorities: he would offend again before ever being sent back to prison. One of the best ways to allow Enard to run off and rape again was to p ... More >>
The rapist of a 16-year-old girl is the latest sexual predator to slip through the sieve that is the privately run Southeast Texas Transitional Center. Thomas Lee Elkins, convicted of aggravated kidnapping and sexual assault in 1991, absconded from the facility, 10950 Old Beaumont Highway, October ... More >>
Bad memories includedIf you've ever wanted to own a prison, now's your chance: The city of Littlefield is auctioning off the Bill Clayton Detention Center, abandoned by the GEO Group, a private prison operator with a troubled history in Texas. The Florida-based GEO pulled out after the son o ... More >>
Wells Fargo hit by protests.Wells Fargo just can't win: All the bank wants to do is make good on its underwriting of a private prison company with a history of inmate deaths, sexual abuse and record-tampering, and now a group called Texas United for Families wants the bank to pull out. Speci ... More >>
Despite a history of abuse and bad conditions, private prison corporation GEO keeps getting contracts from the state.
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 >>
Photo courtesy HPD Victim Sam Irick and his alleged killer Anthony Ray FerrellThe man charged with killing a Good Samaritan during a purse-snatching is the third person to escape the same state-contracted halfway house in the last 20 months.Anthony Ray Ferrell had fled a "halfway house in ... More >>
Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle and doesn't work.
BARC, making sad puppies everywhereWhen Chatauqua Allen, a supervisor at the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care, was shut out of certain meetings, she got the nagging notion that it may have to do with her race.The feeling was compounded when Allen, who is black, w ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Justice recently released a report about state prison populations, and Texas was one of six states with large decreases in the number of people incarcerated. These numbers continue, the report says, "the trend of slower growth observed in the prison population since 2 ... More >>
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is busy determining what to do with all the kids from the FLDS, but meanwhile, another group of children under TDFPS care is alleging abuse. Eight immigrant youths from the Hector Garza Treatment Center, a facility for unaccompanied minors, h ... More >>
Companies complain that they can't compete against convict labor
With JC in the TDCJ
Critics wonder if massive TDCJ cuts will be a prelude to privatization
Texas's impressive new prison museum engages in a little escapism of its own
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
A judge has serious hang-ups over state prisons listening in on inmate-attorney calls
Now everybody, it's claimed, will be on their best behavior. Really?