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Texas Department of Criminal Justice

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Woodlands Pharmacy Wants Lethal Injection Drugs Back

    It's one thing to be the people that make the drugs used in lethal injections, but it's a horse of a different color for other people to know about it. At least that's what Hair Balls gathers from the reaction of the head of the Woodlands Compounding Pharmacy after it was revealed that his company ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    UPDATED Coalition Looking Forward to TDCJ Closing Some Privately Run Jails

    A coalition of anti-private-prison groups is claiming victory for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's plans to close two privately run detention centers in the wake of a $97 million budget cut. Grassroots Leadership, along with the ACLU of Texas, the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, and oth ... More >>

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    February 27, 2013

    Thirteen Former Corrections Officers Indicted for Racketeering and Drug Charges

    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 >>

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    September 24, 2012

    TDCJ's Existing Nonexistent Facebook Policy: Its CFO Was Facebook Friend with Inmate, Too

    A prison guard fired for being Facebook friends with an inmate was reinstated after it was discovered that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's chief financial officer was Facebook friends with the same dude. The alleged idiocy was uncovered by The Backgate, a blog run by TDCJ employee Duane ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Michelle Lyons: Ex-TDCJ Spokeswoman Sues Over Alleged Gender Discrimination

    Michelle Lyons, who left the Texas Department of Criminal Justice last month after accusing her bosses of retaliating against her for answering a media inquiry from a blogger critical of the Department, has sued the TDCJ in federal court. Filed on Monday, the suit alleges that Lyons was demoted fro ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012
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    May 14, 2012

    Michelle Lyons: TDCJ Flack Says Agency Retaliated After She Questioned Policies

    A veteran Texas Department of Criminal Justice press officer has resigned, accusing officials of retaliating against her for questioning department policies, and copying Senator John Whitmire's office on e-mails detailing her concerns. Michelle Lyons, who had been with TDCJ for eleven years, was on ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Prison Employees Say The Man (i.e., TDCJ) Is Monitoring Their Facebook Friends Lists

    Some employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are accusing wardens of disciplining, and in some cases firing, them for having Facebook friends with criminal records. Duane Stuart, who runs a private TDCJ employee forum, thebackgate.org, tells Hair Balls that wardens regularly inspect e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Three Meals a Day for Texas Prisoners: The Petition Campaign

    More sir, please.​The daughter of a Texas inmate is getting thousands of people to sign a petition demanding the state resume feeding its prisoners three times a day seven days a week. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced this fall that budget constraints were forcing them to fe ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Alejandro Smith: TDCJ Prison Guard Was Also Heroin Dealer, Prosecutors Say

    TDCJ: Who's guarding the guards?​A Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard has been arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Alejandro Smith, 21, worked in Huntsville's Eastham Unit; police got a tip that he was "providing contraband to prisoners," the U.S. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    ACLU: When Facing Death, Lizards Are Treated More Humanely Than Humans

    Does Cleve Foster deserve a death at least as humane as that of a lizard? The ACLU thinks so.​The pets of those on death row would be treated more humanely than their owners, if the animals were sitting in the execution chamber instead of them. According to a report released by the American C ... More >>

  • News

    December 30, 2010

    Prison Pays: How It Started

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

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    December 30, 2010

    Prison Pays

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

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    December 9, 2010

    Montrose Murder

    Paul Broussard's killer, up for parole, may not be model prisoner.

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    June 29, 2010

    Texas Has Fewer Inmates; What The Hell Are We Doing Wrong?

    ‚ÄčThe 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    TDCJ Comes Up Against The Cell Phone Companies

    A lot of people who read about the epidemic of cell phones in Texas prisons had a basic question -- if you can't discover and confiscate the things, why not just block them? Set it up to jam transmissions in the prison?It turns out TDCJ has thought about that, but it's easier said than done.The pris ... More >>

  • News

    December 4, 2008

    Crime Doesn’t Pay(back): A Houston Press Special Report on Court-Ordered Restitutions in Texas

    More than 90 percent of Texas parolees walk away without paying off what the state ordered them to.

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    July 29, 2008

    The Elderly Come And Go In TDCJ

    The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has released its annual report; as always it's a cornucopia of miscellaneous details describing just how our state is doing in putting people behind bars. Grits for Breakfast will no doubt have the best analysis of the 152,661 guests of the state; the blog n ... More >>

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    July 22, 2008
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    April 10, 2008
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    April 3, 2008
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    August 23, 2007

    Now Hiring. No Age Requirement.

    Got a degree in music business, record industry experience, excellent penmanship, a familiarity with Texas Department of Criminal Justice mailing regulations, and the desire to work full-time for peanuts? A certain incarcerated local rapper wants you! -- John Nova Lomax

  • 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

    February 23, 2006

    Don't Buy the Hype

    A serial killer isn't getting out, no matter what TDCJ says

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    December 18, 2003

    Writer's Block

    Texas prisons start barring book authors from inmate interviews

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    October 23, 2003

    Lite Sentences

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

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    August 21, 2003
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    July 17, 2003

    Prison Break?

    Critics wonder if massive TDCJ cuts will be a prelude to privatization

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    April 24, 2003

    Mail Sacked

    The state says Texas prison inmates can't write to one another

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    January 23, 2003

    On the Defense

    Internal feuds and investigations cripple the agency representing accused convicts

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    January 17, 2002

    Hanging Up

    TDCJ finally halts monitoring of attorney-client phone calls -- sort of

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    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.

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    May 24, 2001

    Rejected

    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.

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    December 28, 2000

    Graham's Goree Details

    The government stands Pat in its high-profile cases. And Pat pursues his freedom.

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    December 21, 2000

    Letters

    Ministry Magic, Rice Wars, Cross to Bear

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    November 2, 2000

    Party Lines

    A judge has serious hang-ups over state prisons listening in on inmate-attorney calls

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    October 12, 2000

    Unnecessary Roughness

    Inmate Mark Knox claims Texas prison guards brutalized him. The ACLU fears that in an expanding and unwieldy TDCJ system Knox is far from alone.

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    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

    July 13, 2000

    Death Row Show

    The media makes causes of more and more capital murder convicts. Meanwhile, John Albert Burks dies almost unnoticed, just another inmate moving along on the efficient execution assembly line of Texas justice.

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    June 1, 2000

    Let's Make A Deal

    Convicted felons Mike and Pat Graham are at it again, trading allegations for favors

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    July 8, 1999

    Trouble in Mind

    Texas's mentally impaired used to go to treatment centers. Now they go to prison.

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    May 14, 1998
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    January 22, 1998
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    January 22, 1998

    Critical Diagnosis

    If you think your HMO is bad, check out what Texas has created for its prison inmates

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    January 1, 1998
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    March 28, 1996

    The Brothers Graham (Part I)

    Once upon a time in Humble, there lived two guys named Pat and Mike. They had a way of making people believe, and those people included some of Texas' highest public officials. While it turned out that their stories usually were just too good to be true,

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    May 18, 1995
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    April 6, 1995

    Down on Peckerwood Hill

    It's the last stop for some Texas prison inmates

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    November 3, 1994

    Hung Out

    A gay prison employee has his personal life ripped up and exposed by his superiors

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    December 9, 1993

    A Visit to Gatesville

    A gray November day spent in the gray world of the inmates and staff of the Texas State prison for women

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