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Families of Sick Prisoners Plead for Compassionate Release as Coronavirus Spreads Behind Bars in Texas

by | Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 9:40 CST
Advocates for incarcerated people are urging Governor Abbott to release parole-eligible people who are elderly or have chronic illnesses.
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

Horses graze in front of the Polunsky Unit, outside of Livingston in East Texas. by

A Solitary Condition

Texas has banished hundreds of prisoners to more than a decade of solitary confinement. Many of these prisoners aren’t sure how—or, in some cases, if—they will ever get out.

The Prison Inside Prison Texas has banished hundreds of prisoners to more than a decade of solitary confinement, an extreme form of a controversial punishment l...Read More

In this Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 photo, protesters demonstrating against the killing of Atatiana Jefferson by a white Fort Worth police officer, march down Main Street in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. (Yffy Yossifor/Star-Telegram via AP) by

5 Texas Criminal Justice Stories to Watch in 2020

“Progressive” prosecutors, bail reforms, and increased calls for accountability will all likely be in the news next year.

At the state level, 2019 was largely a year of missed opportunities for reforming the criminal legal system in Texas. Despite a reputation for leading on crimin...Read More

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