TDCJ will allocate $85 million to provide more air conditioning. In the meantime, people are sweltering in their beds.
Michelle Pitcher is a staff writer at the Texas Observer, covering criminal justice, housing, and education. She received her master’s in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and was part of the team at The Marshall Project that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, FiveThirtyEight, The Dallas Morning News, and more. Michelle was born and raised in Dallas and is now based in Austin.
Articles by Michelle Pitcher
The Observer follows Food Not Bombs volunteers fighting against Bayou City’s anti-food sharing ordinance.
Diane “Betsy” Cornwell had been accused of emotional abuse and sexual misconduct.
Workers and activists implore Governor Greg Abbott to consider the dire need for protections in the record-breaking heat.
Former students speak out against longtime Austin ISD theater teacher accused of stepping over the line physically and emotionally.
Probation and parole systems remain understaffed and buggy in Texas.
A bizarre Dallas case involving the alleged impersonation of a judge on Zoom tests the state's opaque system of judicial accountability.
Shandra Hodge speaks out about her son’s death at the hands of state troopers in 2019.
Jason Walker has been reporting from inside his cell at great risk to his personal safety.
Billy Faircloth was sentenced to 60 years in prison, but an appeals court overturned his conviction.