State authorities have increased an award for information leading to the capture of a "sexually violent predator" who walked out of a Houston halfway house that has a habit of just letting these dudes walk off.
John Michael Enard, 58, removed his ankle monitor and strolled out of the Southeast Texa ... 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 >>
Michael Elbert Young, the sex offender who became the fifth person in 18 months to escape from a privatized halfway house on the Old Beaumont Highway, has been caught.
KTRK reports that Young was captured in Austin today "after an alleged robbery where he is accused of choking a woman and stealing ... 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 >>
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.
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In Texas, illegal immigration is often extremely lucrative.Texas is number one again today. To our trophy case of great honors, we add Most Beholden To Private Corporations, When It Comes To Illegal Immigration.
The Detention Watch Network recently released aggregated data about the big busi ... More >>
DPSTimothy Rosales: Another escapee from a Houston halfway houseTimothy Rosales Jr. is the first rapist of 2011 to escape from the privately run Ben Reid halfway house, and the second to escape in a little over a month.
The 39-year-old sex offender fled from the Beaumont Highway facility around ... 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 >>
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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 >>
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 >>