A Florida man with a lengthy rap sheet ran afoul of two powerful forces yesterday: the long arm of Texas law and the mystical might of Justin Bieber. Forty-year-old Robert C. Grusczynski pleaded guilty in Montgomery County district court to one count of second-degree felony forgery. Judge Fred Edwa ... 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 >>
Today, March 2, is Texas Independence Day, the day a bunch of old white politicians and landowners declared this part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas to be its own sovereign republic in a cabin near Washington-on-the-Brazos. For some inexplicable reason, Rocks Off does not have the day off ... More >>
Jessica Cooley / Lufkin Daily NewsPasDoctor Geronimo has quite the bash planned tonight.Hair Balls' old friend PasDoctor Geronimo is back at it this week. This time around he's not in trouble with the law. Instead, the Lufkin man, whose "white man's name" is Douglas Paul McCoy, has filed a ... 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 >>
Texas' execution-bound inmates will soon know what it's like to be put to sleep.Pretty soon, in-deep-doo-doo Texans will be able to exit the planet in the same style as deaf, blind and arthritic-ridden Fidos and Fluffys. As was recently reported by the Wall Street Journal, the state of Texas ... 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 >>
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 >>
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?
Our solution for saving Texas's claim to capital punishment fame
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
Chuck Colson and his evangelical Christians team up with a local prison for a divine intervention program
Spanish-language media cries foul over Railcar Killer interviews
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?
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.
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.
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