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.
Tag Archives: Texas Department of Criminal Justice
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.
Texas’ shortage of death penalty drugs has created a strange situation in a state where there’s still strong support for the death penalty—and most people even think it’s being fairly applied.
While news that TDCJ is spending $750,000 on climate-controlled swine barns is catchy, it ignores the real story.
House members weren’t the only ones in Texas oozing over, I mean making a stand for guns. Gov. Rick Perry made media waves with his dramatic introduction at the National Rifle Association convention on Friday.