Prisoner uprising Willacy County Correctional Center by Daniel Blue Tyx

Goodbye to Tent City

After a riot destroys a for-profit prison, Willacy County ponders its economic future.

As Willacy County faces a gaping hole in its budget, $128 million in debt still owed on Tent City, and the loss of its largest employer, I’d come to find out ...Read More

A DPS training near McAllen by Melissa del Bosque

Death on Sevenmile Road

The rush to militarize the U.S.-Mexico border has tragic consequences in Texas.

Beefing up border security means an increasingly military-style presence on the ground and in the air. The Observer investigates a surge that puts immigr...Read More

Karnes County Civil Detention Center, in Karnes City, Texas by Victoria Rossi

Seeking Asylum in Karnes City

An up-close-and-personal view of family detention in a for-profit lock-up in South Texas.

When women and children seeking asylum are detained in Texas, they encounter an immigration system that seems designed to discourage them at every turn....Read More