Faylita Hicks

Faylita Hicks (pronouns: she/her/they) is a black queer writer. Her debut book, HoodWitch, is forthcoming October 2019 with Acre Books.
Criminal Justice

The High Cost of Hays County’s Decision to Keep Prosecuting Low-Level Marijuana Cases

Opinion: A new law legalizing hemp prompted prosecutors across the state to drop some low-level marijuana cases. But the district attorney in Hays County won’t be deterred.

Last month, Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1325 into law, legalizing the production and sale of hemp with less than .3 percent tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. But then came an unexpected twist. Crime labs across … Read More

Criminal Justice

Lost in Limbo in the Hays County Jail

For 45 painful, lonely days, I waited and waited to be convicted of a crime.

The cold bit through the thin wool blanket and climbed up the short sleeves of my Women of the World Poetry Slam T-shirt as I lay on the cement floor of the Hays County Jail, confused how I had ended … Read More