Criminal Justice

Prisoner uprising Willacy County Correctional Centerby Daniel 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

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

Letters from Death Row: Alone on the Inside

In an informal Observer survey, death row inmates describe a world of extreme isolation, where mental illness is both cause and symptom.

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 ...Read More

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