We guess the definition of "captive audience" is pretty much epitomized by prison inmates. In Beeville, guards at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's McConnell Unit took advantage of the potential customer base and ran one hell of a drug ring, with the aid of inmates. They also smuggled in p ... More >>
Here's what the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is terrible at keeping out of prisons: cell phones. Here's what TDCJ is awesome at keeping out: dead people's hair. Native American inmate William Chance serving 65 years for aggravated sexual assault has sued TDCJ to get 4-inch locks of his dece ... More >>
Breaking the law is one thing, but breaking the law when you're in law enforcement is knocks it up to a whole other level. Add horses into the mix and crikey have you got a problem. Nine people had the first court appearance Monday morning after being arrested last week for allegedly running an ill ... More >>
Texas, the state with the most executions under its belt since reinstating the death penalty in 1976, is solving a shortage on execution drugs by having a Houston compounding pharmacy make the drugs required for lethal injection, according to the Associated Press. Texas and other death penalty stat ... 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 >>
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 >>
A high-risk child rapist who hopped over his halfway house's barbed wire fence Thursday night is the fifth sex offender to abscond from the privately run Southeast Texas Transitional Center in 18 months. According to the Houston Chronicle story linked above, authorities say Michael Elbert Young, wh ... More >>
Driver gives religion, not help.
Texas legislators are likely to agree to closing the century-old Central Unit prison in Sugar Land, mostly because it sits on land near the airport that can be developed. It's one of several Texas Department of Criminal Justice units in the area; a compound of four units is nearby in unincorporated ... 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 >>
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 >>
Texas doesn't make rookie mistakes when it comes to the death penaltyThe Arizona Republic reports today that a planned execution in Ohio almost had to delay a recent execution because of a shortage of thiopental sodium, the drug used for lethal injections. Arizona, it said, might be unable to do ... More >>
See that my grave is kept clean...and sell the dirt!Digging up someone's grave and stealing whatever's down there isn't legal, but what about the dirt laying over the grave or next to a headstone? Is it against the law to take home a scoop or two? And what if the person is somewhat famous? Should ... More >>
It seems like Houston’s crime victim advocate Andy Kahan got his wish … kind of. Last week, Kahan was frustrated that despite the desires of his friend, Randy Ertman, he was not allowed to stand by Ertman during the execution of Jose Medellin, convicted of raping and strangling Ertman’s daugh ... More >>
Beaumont officer says they were okayed
One guy who you might think would be praying hard for Tropical Storm Edouard to be really, really bad is Jose Medellin. He's the guy scheduled to die tonight in Huntsville, after being convicted of capital murder in the notorious Ertman-Pena case. The World Court couldn't save him; George Bush and ... More >>
Another of the six men who raped and killed Randy Ertman's daughter is scheduled to be executed soon. And once again Andy Kahan won't be allowed to see it. Kahan, the Crime Victim Advocate for the City of Houston, says he should be allowed to stand by the side of his friend Randy Ertman during the ... More >>
A preacher makes the news again
One Houston preacher gave up the cross for the cult
UTMB is under fire in Dallas for its jail health care. So why is Houston ready to install it here?
A parolee fights leukemia -- and the constraints of ankle monitors
The Houston Center for Photography explores mortality through food
Super Bowl week turned out to be a slow one for HPD's vice squad
With JC in the TDCJ
The Texans go scoreless on tunes as well as turf
Even as inmate James Mitchell was dying, Montgomery County told his relatives he'd be fine
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
The murder of their loved one haunted Amy and Linda White until a Texas prison mediation program brought them together with the killer. Now they've all got their answers -- and unique justice.
Harris County jailers are in no hurry to hand out meds to inmates with AIDS. Inmates claim this and other lockup practices endanger their lives.
Judy Walker saw one son die in prison and his twin sentenced to life for shooting a cop. The prison autopsy says Reginald died of natural causes. But his mother says it was retaliation for Robert's actions that got his brother killed.
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.
In an ACLU test case on brutality, jurors side with state prison guards
Spanish-language media cries foul over Railcar Killer interviews
Houston to Fulshear
Spaced Out, We Were So Wrong, Woe to the 'Stros
A talented escape artist and con man gets more prison time. Will he serve it?
Ricardo Lara spent 19 years in Texas prisons. He got out the other day.
Not even prison officials can silence the irrepressible King of Con
Will proposed media rules stifle coverage of convicts facing execution?
Yet again, Steven Russell bluffed his way out of prison. And yet again, he got caught.
Could castration cure Larry McQuay of his urge to molest children? He thinks it can, and wants the state to nueter him. Others would just like to neutralize him.