Renée

Renée Feltz is an award-winning investigative journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent based in New York and Texas who covers criminal justice, immigration and climate.
Criminal Justice

Is Texas’ Death Penalty Machine Executing the Mentally Disabled?

Marvin Wilson reportedly had an IQ of 61 and sucked his thumb as an adult, yet Texas managed to put him to death.

In the final hours before his execution in Huntsville Tuesday night, 54-year-old Marvin Wilson told his attorney that, comforted by his god and family, he had reconciled himself to what was about to happen. Now we are left to wonder … Read More

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Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ban, Texas has continued to send mentally retarded criminals to death row. WIll a Mexican immigrant's case correct this injustice?

« Go back to page 1 Continue to page 3 » When “Dr. Death” met Daniel Plata at the Harris County jail over the course of two days in March 2006, each of the roughly five-hour sessions was videotaped at … Read More

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Cracked

Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ban, Texas has continued to send mentally retarded criminals to death row. WIll a Mexican immigrant's case correct this injustice?

« Go back to page 2 The decision ended Daniel Plata’s 12-year stay on Texas’ Death Row. It might also lead to the end of George Denkowski’s career as a licensed psychologist. Judge Ellis’ decision emboldened one of Denkowski’s colleagues, … Read More

Criminal Justice

Cracked

Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ban, Texas has continued to send mentally retarded criminals to death row. Will a Mexican immigrant's case correct this injustice?

UPDATE: On Friday, April 15, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists issued a reprimand against Dr. George Denkowski, a criminal psychologist whose questionable methods were exposed in this story, originally published by the Observer in January of 2010. … Read More

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