Articles tagged: Criminal Justice

Inmates are seen inside the Harris County Jail on Friday, May 5, 2006, in Houston. State officials have ordered Harris County to raise staffing levels to the state mandate at its overcrowded jail, and county officials said Friday they hope to avoid having to ship inmates elsewhere in the state. (AP Photo/Melissa Phillip, Pool) by

In a Pandemic, Poor Defendants Could Pay With Their Lives

COVID-19 lays bare the fundamental inequalities that a cash bond system creates, and highlights the unsafe conditions our jails and prisons have designed.

I arrived at the Harris County Public Defender’s Office before 7 a.m. on Friday, March 13. The calls for action to stop the spread of COVID-19 had been buildi...Read More

Youth in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department's Phoenix Program by

Problems Hide in Plain Sight at Texas’ Youth Lockups

Critics say Texas’ five remaining juvenile prisons not only fail to rehabilitate young people but “actually make them worse.”

It was spring break 2017 at the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility, and the young inmates were more restless than normal. Some of the teens ro...Read More

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The Road to Huntsville

My days on "the chain" — the prison bus to Huntsville — are long over, but they're still with me.

My days on "the chain" — the prison bus to Huntsville — are long over, but they're still with me....Read More

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