The Observer found that prisoners often choose a life of permanent isolation, refusing to leave their cages. It’s a catch-22: Mental illness can lead inmates to never leave their cells, never leaving their cells can exacerbate—or even cause—mental illness.
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Supporters continue to call for DNA testing in Rodney Reed’s 1996 rape and murder case.
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.
Of the roughly 450 inmates who die in Texas prisons each year, about 100 are laid to rest in Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery in Huntsville.
Patrick Michels tells the tale of Jeffrey Holliman who survived for a year in the woods near Nacadogches County by ransacking his neighbors.
Texas’ largest prison guard union is calling for a partial end to the controversial use of solitary confinement on death row.
In which discuss Alex Hannaford’s recent piece about death row inmate Larry Swearingen then dive straight into the current state of capital punishment in Texas.
Nine forensic experts say Swearingen is on death row for a murder he couldn’t have committed, yet Texas courts won’t grant a new trial.
Imagine spending 23 hours a day in a cement enclosure the size of a bathroom. Now imagine sitting in that small room nearly all […]