Tag Archives: Death Penalty

The electric chair, known as Old Sparky, is among the most popular attractions. by

The Draw of Death Row

With “dark tourism” on the rise, Huntsville’s prison museum is thriving.

The gift shop offers shirts honoring the electric chair: "Home of Old Sparky," and the museum's visitors get a 'selectively edited' history of corrections....Read More

Daniel Lopez, 23, waits in Polunsky Unit's visiting room for guards to escort him back to his cell on death row. by

Letters from Death Row: Alone on the Inside

In an informal Observer survey, death row inmates describe a world of extreme isolation, where mental illness is both cause and symptom.

The Observer found that prisoners often choose a life of permanent isolation, refusing to leave their cages. It’s a catch-22: Mental illness can lead inmates ...Read More

Manuel Velez and his legal team celebrate his first moments of freedom. by

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