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Letters from Death Row: Books Behind Bars

Daniel Lopez, 23, waits in Polunsky Unit's visiting room for guards to escort him back to his cell on death row.

As part of an in-depth project for The Texas Observer, I wanted to find out what books inmates on death row read, and what this said—if anything—about their mental state or predicament.

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Pit Stop

Tiny Nordheim, Texas, is reaping the costs of of the South Texas oil boom but little of its profits.

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Hope After Violence

Women are twice as likely as men to experience PTSD. We just don’t talk about it.

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Worth a Shot

As vaccination rates drop, once-rare diseases like whooping cough and measles come roaring back.

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Life in the Dead Zone

An ailing Texas fishing industry contends with the threat of hypoxia in the Gulf.

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The Out Scout

A Scout’s sexuality—and that of scouting’s leaders—is irrelevant, says Eagle Scout Eric Hay.

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The Standoff in Waco

Two survivors and an FBI agent recount the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco.

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