Jo DePrang

Jo DePrang is a freelance writer in Austin. Before that, he was nonfiction editor of the Sonora Review. Before that, he was a waiter. He's also appeared in The Atlantic, Salon.com, and VICE. He holds an MFA in Nonfiction from the University of Arizona and has won some things, including the Public Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (2012), the National Health Journalism Fellowship from USC Annenberg (2013), and a nomination for a National Magazine Award in Reporting (2014). He still sometimes thinks about waitering.
 

Poor Judgment

| Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 8:56 am CST
Terrell State Hospital
Criminal Justice

A Careless Solution

Terrell State Hospital needs help, badly. So why is Texas privatizing the psychiatric facility—and picking a notorious company to run it?

Terrell State Hospital needs help, badly. So why is Texas privatizing the psychiatric facility—and picking a notorious company to run it? Read More

Criminal Justice

Huntsville Redemption

On Wednesday, one more innocent man walked away from Texas' death row

Manuel Velez, sentenced to die in 2008 based on flawed science, stepped into the sun on Wednesday, free for the first time in years. Read More

Pearl in her apartment, which she has called home for 25 years.
Criminal Justice

To Catch a Rapist: Houston Leads on Testing Old Rape Kits

For years, Texas cops left nearly 20,000 rape kits untested while perpetrators went free. Now some agencies are confronting that injustice.

For years, Texas cops left nearly 20,000 rape kits untested while perpetrators went free. Now some agencies are confronting that injustice. Read More

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