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Why Is APD Responding to Mental Health Crises like Violent Crimes?

The police officer who shot Mike Ramos was involved in the death of neuroscientist Mauris DeSilva in July, which called into question law enforcement’s outsized role in mental health incidents.

Why Is APD Responding to Mental Health Crises like Violent Crimes? The police officer who shot Mike Ramos was involved in the death of neuroscientist Mauris DeS...Read More

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Locked Out

Visitation is a critical lifeline for incarcerated people, yet some families say Texas prison officials ban them from seeing loved ones over petty or unproven claims of misconduct.

Locked Out Visitation is a critical lifeline for incarcerated people, yet some families say Texas prison officials ban them from seeing loved ones over petty or...Read More

The W. F. Ramsey Unit in Brazoria County. by

How COVID-19 Upended Texas Prisons

While prison officials insist they’re doing their best in the face of an unprecedented crisis, Governor Greg Abbott has effectively ignored the pandemic inside the Texas prison system.

How COVID-19 Upended Texas Prisons While prison officials insist they’re doing their best in the face of an unprecedented crisis, Governor Greg Abbott has mos...Read More

Dianne Gonsoulin Hastings, pictured outside her Austin home, spent decades looking for her sister Donna. by

The Disappeared

Genetic genealogy is helping to crack cold cases and identify victims left nameless for decades. The process is surprisingly effective—and controversial.

Genetic genealogy is helping to crack cold cases and identify victims left nameless for decades. The process is surprisingly effective—and controversial. By L...Read More

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces the US Army Corps of Engineers and the state are putting up a 250-bed field hospital at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas during a news conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Sunday, March 29, 2020. For the COVID-19 update and announcement, the Governor was joined by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Brigadier General Paul Owen (left) and Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool) by

Greg Abbott’s Power Grab on Bail Reform

Abbott’s executive order blocking jail releases during a pandemic highlights conservative opposition to the growing movement to end wealth-based detention in Texas.

On March 26, 15 people incarcerated in the massive jail looming over Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston wrote a joint letter predicting a “catastrophic outbrea...Read More

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